Nonprofit group MediaWise will begin teaching a workshop on fact checking online for students and teacher at Houston-area schools next week. MediaWise is a collaboration between The Poynter Institute. The Stanford History Education Group, the Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education. The project is funded with $3 million from the Google News Initiative and hopes to reach a million students by the end of 2020.
- Can fact checking be taught in schools without politics involved?
- Should basic journalism and fact checking be taught in schools?
- Is fact-checking itself seen as politically-partisan?
It can be hard for anyone to decipher what news is real and what is fake these days, but especially difficult for young people who get a lot of their news from social media and online sources.
Online fact-checks for students and teachers at Memorial and Spring Woods High Schools and Spring Forest Middle Schools will be taught by the non-profit MediaWise on January 7-10.