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NewsLitCamp: Highlights 2021

NewsLitCamp: Highlights 2021

The NewsLitCamp, hosted by the News Literacy Project, is an outreach program dedicated to providing educators with the latest tools and information that they need to equip their students in the fight against fake news.  This year, 15 reporters and staff members from CNN joined in, offering exclusive insight into the back door of the nation’s top rated cable news network. A useful delineation of terms was presented by John Silva, who directs education initiatives at the News Literacy Project.  “Fake news,” once a distinct term referring to completely fabricated information formatted like a news story, has been overused to the point of uselessness.  It has also taken on the tone of a slur used in disagreements of points of … Continued
What’s a deepfake?

What’s a deepfake?

Seeing is believing.  That’s a truism most of us have held onto forever.  The modern version – “Pics or it didn’t happen” – only reinforces the idea that visual evidence is more honest than verbal or written evidence.  Images are intended to represent something that actually exists or once existed, and serve as a memento of a person, place, object or event.  Photographic images are supposed to be infallible and real, the promise of early photography revealed.  Deepfakes, however, challenge this idea of visual truth by presenting intentionally false video, usually on a platform that can be seen by multiple people.  These videos have the potential to skew public discourse and influence elections, much as fake news stories may have … Continued