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"News Know-How:" Discover reliable news and political fact-checking resources

When Oct 24, 2012
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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 “News Know-how” project participants Micheal Foster and Rebecka Green will give an informal talk at Decorah Public Library on Wednesday October 24 at 6:30 p.m. “News Know-how” is a new initiative that provides more than 20 Iowa students with basic news literacy skills and the tools to become news media ombudsmen in connection the 2012 presidential campaign.


The “News Know-how” project creates partnerships and collaborations for a nonpartisan, critical analysis of news and information. Participating students across the state- with guidance from their local public libraries- learn how to distinguish facts from opinions, how to check the source and validity of news and information, and how to identify propaganda and misinformation. “In today’s mass media environment it is critical that students are taught to analyze news coverage,” said Barbara Jones, Director of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom.


Decorah students Green and Foster, along with Decorah Public Library Director Lorraine Borowski, were chosen to be one of the 10 libraries in the state to participate in the project. “News Know-how” is funded through the American Library Association and the Open Society Foundation; Decorah Community Schools and Decorah Public Library are local partners in bringing the program to Decorah. 


In their Decorah Public Library talk, local program participants Foster and Green will talk about their training experience, present their final digital production (featuring information and resources from the training and subsequent independent research), and answer audience questions. Both students are sophomores at Decorah High School and are active in the area political campaigns. Decorah High School Principal Kim Sheppard and teacher Allysen Lovstuen are project partners.


The program is free and open to the public. Call 563-382-3717 for more information.  Resources for news analysis and fact-checking are available on the Decorah Public Library website < HERE >.


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