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  1. CNL News Lesson

    Terror in Paris Exposes Social Media Perils and Plusses

    When terrorists struck Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, taking 130 lives, news consumers following the story through Internet postings saw the power of social media at its best and its worst. A key News Literacy lesson teaches us that in the digital age, news ...

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    NPR s "Breaking News Consumer's Handbooks"

    Earthquakes, air crashes, shootings – these breaking news stories all have one thing in common, according to the journalists behind a weekly public radio program devoted to helping news consumers: “In the immediate aftermath, news outlets will get it ...

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    Did Seymour Hersh "Open the Freezer®"?

    On the day American commandos killed Osama bin Laden, did Navy SEAL Team 6 infiltrate Pakistani air space and storm the Al-Qaeda leader's secret hideout after a perilous firefight? Or were the SEALS part of an elaborate conspiracy involving U.S. and ...

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    Earthquakes and a new "Breaking News Consumer's Handbook"

    “When we’re looking at disasters," says journalist Jonathan Katz, "especially ones that happen in other parts of the world, I think the most important thing that we can do as journalists is to communicate that it’s not about us.” Katz, who ...

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    In Natural Disasters, Truth is a Casualty

    “When we’re looking at disasters," says journalist Jonathan Katz, "especially ones that happen in other parts of the world, I think the most important thing that we can do as journalists is to communicate that it’s not about us.” Katz, who ...

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    Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock Resigns over Campaign Spending Concerns

    A story from Chicago NBC affiliate WMAQ on the resignation of Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock from March 17, 2015.  This video comes courtesy of DRC partner ShadowTV.  Video schockresign_nbc_story.mp4 Do Not Display English Attribution-NonCommercial ...

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    Journalistic Peer Review: The Guardian vs. Chicago's Press Corps

    Who watches the watchdog? Journalistic peer review in the debate over a Chicago Police Department holding facility "Truth" is a tricky subject in News Literacy. Because we use each day's news as our text, students quickly discover that ...

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    Vietnamese News Literacy Manual

  9. CNL News Lesson

    Deconstructing a Viral Video: Skydiving Without a Parachute

    The video purportedly shows a man jumping from a plane 9,000 feet above the earth with no parachute, dropping through a small opening in a roof and onto a trampoline. Thanks to the power of social media, it didn’t take long to go viral. But was it real?. ...

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