Empowering a More Accurate Worldview

We are fighting an onslaught of negativity and misinformation in the news. It is inescapable and has a powerful impact on our worldview, mindset and behaviour. We must develop the necessary skills to stand guard at the doors of our own minds. Our individual wellbeing - and wellbeing of the world - depends on it.

IF I DON’T READ THE NEWS, I’M UNINFORMED. IF I READ THE NEWS, I’M MISINFORMED
Mark Twain
What is News Literacy?
News literacy, it is the process of developing the skills to be able to read the news, to think critically about it and successfully navigate it so that we get to a place where we are reliably informed about the world and feel empowered to act on that information. 
Why News Literacy Lab?
Becuase news literacy is more than fake news. News Literacy Lab has a strong focus on the impact of solutions journalism as an antidote to the misrepresentation created by the negativity bias. Our education program does more than just treat the symptoms of a polluted information environment; it empowers individuals to actively participate in shaping a healthier information ecosystem and advocates for systemic action to address the root causes of harmful and misleading information.
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Digital Course
Get news Lit’
This course will empower you to successfully navigate the news: an increasingly urgent life skill.

This short course will help you to understand what the role of the news is; how and why stories are produced; how to judge the trustworthiness of information; what impact the news has on us; the importance of constructive journalism; and will offer practical strategies for creating a healthy news environment.
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Bad News Sells but at What Costs?
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How Changing Your Media Diet Can Change the World
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The What and Why of the News
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The Impact of News on Your Mental Health
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How healthy is your news diet?
Food is to the body, what information is to the mind. The consequences of our mental diet are less visible but just as powerful. Take this quiz to see how healthy your current news habits are.
Learn the Language
“Cognitive bias”
The "tendency for the human brain to perceive information through a filter of personal experience and preferences" (What Is). It is a thinking shortcut that allows us to process information quickly and can often interfere with our ability to think accurately and objectively.
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“Editorial”
"A newspaper article expressing the editor’s opinion on a topical issue" (Oxford dictionary).
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“Fake news”
News that is "completely made up, manipulated to resemble credible journalism and attract maximum attention and, with it, advertising revenue. ... But the definition is often expanded to include websites that circulate distorted, decontextualised or dubious information through – for example – clickbaiting headlines that don’t reflect the facts of the story, or undeclared bias" (The Guardian).
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“Trust Chain”
A method used by journalists to ensure that every stage in reporting, producing and distributing news about an event or issue is accurate and reliable from beginning to end (The News Manual).
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News Literacy Lab can connect you with the many brilliant organisations and individuals whose work helps us have a more accurate worldview. With over 50 organisations and over 500 resources being shared, you can explore this network with ease and efficiency through a search and filter function to connect you with the most helpful resources to meet your news literacy needs as a parent, an educator, or an individual.
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has
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