July 25, 2024

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Media literacy and how to know fact from fiction

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Dr. Eddith A. Dashiell, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, talks to students at Columbus Journalists in Training. Ohio University journalism students sit to her left.

Media literacy has become crucial as we surf the world full of saturated information.

People are constantly bombarding us with new information in many different ways, including news, ads and 24/7 social media posts. Media literacy means the ability to tell the difference and figure out what’s legitimate and what’s not.

With the internet and social media, information is very constant, but not always reliable or accurate. Having the ability to tell the difference between credible and misleading information is an important skill because it can significantly impact public opinion and behavior.

“Social media is in the hands of enough individuals who are posting lies that can damage our country, if people believe the lies are true,” said Dr. Eddith A. Dashiell, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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