Links

A few sites that could prove useful in understanding and responding to news and information: (Obviously a good place to start is the fact checking sites, listed here.)

the American Press Institute covers 21st century journalism and audiences to help chart a path forward for the news media.

Columbia Journalism Review - America's foremost publication on the art and business of journalism and media.

The News Literacy Project works with teachers and journalists to help students separate good information from bad.

On the Media from NPR and WNYC in New York is a radio show and podcast covering stories about the media itself.

Ryerson Review of Journalism - Canada's "watchdog on the watchdogs"

JStor Labs text analyzer helps you find additional information on just about any topic. It analyzes documents or cut and pasted text and then looks for similar or related documents on the web.

Under the Influence with Terry O'Reilly from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a radio show and podcast that covers advertising, traditional media, social media and sometimes politics. It is about the ways in which people are persuaded to buy products or act in a certain way and the advertisers, public relations people and business leaders who attempt to sway them.

Vubblepop - A daily sampling of important video from around the web, curated by Tessa Sproule (formerly of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) one of the most media savvy people I know. These videos are primarily information and related to stories in the news as well as trending topics on social media.

Archive.org has a database of more than a million television news broadcasts and clips going back to 2009 if you'd like to revisit prior coverage of an issue.

Recommended Reading/ Viewing

"7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics" - While the title sounds clickbaity, the article provides a good overview of some of the psychological roadblocks that prevent people on all sides of the political debate from understanding others point of view or even cause them to create whole new realities in order to maintain their sense that their positions are the correct ones.

Another article from Vox discusses "Why we pretend to know things that we don't".

Similarly, this video from SciShow talks about how your brain tricks you into thinking you know more than you do.

Watch this short DNews video on the "science" of fake news.

"Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age" from the BBC

"Did media literacy backfire" from Dana Boyd at Points

PBS Idea channel talks about "How NOT to spot fake news"