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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. http://thebluereview.org/teaching-media-literacy/ 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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Don’t Ignore the Evidence on Sensible Gun Control

We do not need to ban guns or even come close. We just need sensible restrictions. Originally published at The Blue Review on Dec. 17, 2012: http://thebluereview.org/sensible-gun-control/ Less than 24 hours before the Sandy Hook shooting, students in my media and … Continue reading

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Attack and Inform: Campaign spin actually informs and engages voters, in some states

Originally posted at The Blue Review on Oct. 9, 2012: http://thebluereview.org/attack-and-inform/ Compared to the barrage of political advertising in the 10 or so swing states that will decide this election, Idaho is on the sidelines, viewed as a guaranteed win … Continue reading

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