Study Report: News Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills in the Post-Truth Era

The study report News literacy and critical thinking skills in the post-truth era consists of two main chapters. The first is devoted to the sublimation of theoretical texts and reflections on the news. It enables the reader to get better acquainted with the phenomenon of news, fake news, misinformation, algorithms, news sources, ways of placing and sharing news, understanding news, disinformation channels, etc. The final part of the first chapter introduces in detail the reader to the so-called term news literacy, which is in fact a critical understanding of the news. The second chapter at the beginning gives brief overviews of the state of media and news literacy in the countries from which the partners come (Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey and Serbia). Afterwards is presented an analysis of an extensive questionnaire related to new literacy conducted in these countries is presented. The results of the analysis show to what extent this type of literacy has been developed and what are the needs of citizens regarding education in this area.
By reading this study, you will gain a clear insight into the meaning and importance of news literacy in modern society.

News Literacy Training Course

News Literacy Training Course consists of a total of 17 modules grouped into three sections:

  1. Understanding the news landscape
  2. Media and journalism
  3. Thinking critically about news (how to consume news critically)

Each of the modules contains: module description, module structure, guidelines for trainees, educational content, exercises, quiz, references, useful literature and links. The training course is written in English. This is its first version which will be modified according to the knowledge gained during further project implementation. After that, the final version of the course will be translated into the languages of all project partners (Serbian, Turkish, Slovenian and Latvian). The course is designed for everyone who wants to improve their knowledge of news literacy, as well as for educators who want to share knowledge in this area with others. In this regard, it is free to download and use the material.

News Literacy: Guidelines for Trainers

Within the ESSENTIAL project, Guidelines for trainers have been developed. Guidelines are designed for people who want to teach news literacy to others: librarians, teachers, trainers and others who are already or want to be involved in adult education, respectively news literacy. It consists of two parts. The first part gives general instructions for working with adults and presents the characteristics of adult learners, different roles that a trainer can have, learning methods and techniques. The second part provides a guide for preparing and implementing each of the 17 separate workshops (modules) in news literacy that is described in detail in the News Literacy Training Course, which was previously developed and posted on the project website. In this sense, the Guidelines provide specific instructions to trainers on implementing workshops within the training course in question. The first version of the Guidelines is currently available in English. The final version will be set in June 2022 and will be translated into Serbian and the languages of other partners (Turkish, Latvian and Slovenian). The Guidelines are licensed under a Creative Commons license and as such are free to download and use, with reference to the source.


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