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Media & News Literacy

What Do We Trust Most?


(Image concept derived from Stony Brook University and the Center for News Literacy's Fall 2016 Coursepack)

Tips and Tricks

4 Perspectives

Used in SMAD 150: Mediated Communication - Issues and Skills

  • Communication Technologies: Being media literate means understanding how new media change (and are changed by) the cultures that adopt them.
  • The Economics of Mediated Communication: Being media literate involves knowing how ownership and profit influence who gets to say (and sell) what to whom.
  • The Functions of Media in Everyday Life: Being media literate entails becoming aware of how you use media & their contents to satisfy your personal & social needs.
  • The Meaning of Messages in the Media: Being media literate means questioning how others select & shape the “stories” that validate (or negate) your life.

6 Frames of Information Literacy

From ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - see full text of the Framework here.

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration