The problems surrounding news, media and information literacy is at an all time high with indication that it will “not get better”. It is an increasingly important topic for any global citizen. These literacies (the ability to read, write and being able to express ideas and communicate effectively) have been changing at exponential speed right before our eyes. We no longer can rely on the skills we learned as students decades ago.
Terms such as disinformation, misinformation, fake news, deep and shallow fakes, alternative facts, truth decay, post-truth world, and information trolls were not part of any curriculum or topics, we encountered during our school years.
Many educators feel uncomfortable with the overwhelming responsibility to be able to deal with all the changes in information, media and news literacy that we might or might not be familiar with. Now is NOT the time to stick your head in the sand, but time to become literate!