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News Literacy Week: Becoming a smarter, more active news consumer

Posted: 4:09 PM, Jan 13, 2022
Updated: 2022-01-27 12:39:43-05

PHOENIX — We're in the new age of technology where we have access to any information we want with the swipe of a finger, but with that instant access comes misinformation and false statements.

Those false rumors and conspiracy theories can create serious and even deadly situations.

That is why ABC15 is taking action to confront the rise of misinformation and partnering with the News Literacy Project for News Literacy Week.

Over the past year, the world has been adjusting to a new normal.

We saw the mass roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine as people around the world lined up to get their shot, but even as millions got vaccinated, millions of others lost their lives. But the consequences of misinformation did not stop there.

We saw rioters storm the U.S. Capitol and protests at the Arizona State Capitol over election results, some people to this day still refusing to accept President Joe Biden’s win.

Over the past few years, we have had so much coming at us every day and it seems like it might never stop, so how do you know what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to your news?

We are working to help you understand what misinformation is and how you can fight back against it.

To make sure you are consuming the right mix of verified facts, credible sources, and relevant context, we are challenging you to test your news literacy fitness with our quiz at Each day this week, we're telling stories that take a look at how to be a smart and engaged news consumer:

Psychology of misinformation

From TV to the internet and even in your everyday interactions, misinformation can make its way into almost everything you hear and read.

So why is that your Facebook friend or family member believes is the false facts?

We talked to a misinformation expert to find out why people believe what they believe.

Why do people believe in misinformation?

Student town hall

It's been 40 years since Walter Cronkite signed off the air and students at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication know that journalism has evolved since that time.

Having access to any information you might need at any point in time can be overwhelming.

With that access to information, comes misinformation and right now we're living in a time where journalists are facing more scrutiny than ever, yet a record number of students are still choosing the profession.

Steve Irvin sits down with students who are about to enter the workforce to talk about what it means to be unbiased and why they want to become journalists.

Journalism students talk about the future of the industry