Video of the live webcast of 7 September 2017 News Literacy discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
News Literacy is defined as the development of critical thinking skills applied to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it comes via print, radio, television or the Internet. The term News Literacy is generally associated with schools of communication and journalism rather than pedagogical schools. Some view it as a sub‐sector of the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) field; others as a distinct and unique entity.
UNAOC recognizes the urgency of developing and expanding News Literacy skills in the current political and social state of the world. The onset of so-called “fake news”, widely distributed through social media platforms, has the capacity to twist public opinion and shape individuals’ ideological preferences and visions of the world.
News Literacy is an acutely important skill in the Digital Age as citizens struggle with information overload and the intricacies of determining its authenticity. A citizens’ ability to judge the relevance and reliability of information is a leading indicator of the public health of civil society around the world.
NihalSaad, Chief of Cabinet & Spokesperson for the UNAOC High Representative
Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information
Howard Schneider, Executive Director, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University
Alan Miller, Founder and CEO, News Literacy Project
Mitra Kalita, Vice-President of Programming, CNN
Áine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships, Facebook
Dina Temple-Raston, Counterterrorism Correspondent, National Public Radio
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education