Columbia Journalism School

Geraldine Baum

News Literacy

A few mornings after the Boston Marathon bombing, I found myself facing a classroom of New York City high school students who were looking to me to talk about news literacy — the ability to look at a piece of information and tell where it came from, how credible it is, whether or not it is true — and perhaps most importantly, how to separate an opinion from a fact. The lesson was supposed to be about biased reporting, but I decided to first ask the kids what they knew about the Boston investigation and how they knew it.

 

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