Author Archives: Seth

About Seth

Journalism and media studies professor

News Literacy and Democracy — New book out now!

I’m excited to share my first solo-authored book, News Literacy and Democracy, out now from Routledge, a major academic publisher! Read the awesome reviews below! Get it now from Routledge or Amazon. News Literacy and Democracy invites readers to go … Continue reading

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My new book is out now!

My new book, “American Journalism and ‘Fake News’: Examining the Facts” is out now! With esteemed co-authors Jessica Roberts and Adam Maksl. See details from the publisher, ABC-CLIO, and purchase on Amazon. This book provides a comprehensive and impartial overview … Continue reading

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News Media Literacy is suddenly everywhere!

So much going on now that everyone suddenly wants to talk media literacy and “fake news”! While the circumstances are unfortunate, the silver lining these days is the increase in awareness and interest in these important topics. I’m actually on … Continue reading

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The struggle over news literacy

My latest piece on news literacy was published in the UK journal, Journalism Education. I argue for the inclusion of political economic contexts in teaching people about news. It helps to know something about the systems and processes that produce … Continue reading

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In the Media

I made two recent media appearances. I love talking to reporters and helping to provide a scholarly context for current events. One story is about a new news outlet created by a regional bank, which raises some obvious conflict-of-interest questions. Another article … Continue reading

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Measuring News Media Literacy

I co-authored a white paper report (PDF) on research conducted with support from the McCormick Foundation. Developing ways to improve young people’s news media literacy has been the focus of much recent attention among scholars, educators, and news professionals. Common definitions and … Continue reading

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Teaching Nuance

The need for media literacy in the digital age Originally posted at The Blue Review on Feb. 20, 2013. By Seth Ashley Today’s students are not being equipped with the critical thinking and analysis skills they need to successfully navigate … Continue reading

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