Stephanie Craft

Being news literate means knowing how to judge the credibility of a story, but it also means being intentional in how you consume the news and understanding the forces that shape it, says Illlinois journalism professor Stephanie Craft.

“Fake news” has created a lot of buzz since the election. Facebook has announced its Journalism Project to flag disputed stories and promote news literacy. Meanwhile, some individuals and websites are now applying the term “fake news” more broadly. Where do we find real news? And what qualifies as being news literate? Stephanie Craft, a professor of journalism at Illinois, has wrestled with that issue for several studies, including some with teens. She spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.

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