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Media matters are muddy

by Patti Robinson

Daily, we are bombarded with “fake “news” declarations, from both sides of the political spectrum and from all forms of media. We know it can’t all be fake, and honestly, we want to believe our own trusted sources, not theirs! So, what do we do? We can’t ignore these calls of fake news because believing them can have far-reaching effects and ultimately have serious implications for individuals and society. Reading this, you may say to yourself, “I’m not the problem…so and so is!” This may be true, but they are also saying it about you! How can we, once and for all, learn how to glean the truth from all news sources? It can be done. We want to show you how.

Mediation Services of Adams County Inc, along with Urban Rural Action, are holding a workshop that might help us better learn how to navigate these muddy media waters. We believe that the spread of false information through social media and other media platforms can contribute to the polarization of society and can be used to incite violence against specific individuals or groups. Our agencies also believe that promoting conflict resolution skills and peaceful means of resolving disputes can also help prevent and reduce violence.

To that end, Mediation Services of Adams County Inc and Urban Rural Action are bringing The News Literacy Project to Gettysburg for one night for the first 50 people who register. The News Literacy Project aims to teach participants how to critically evaluate news sources and identify reliable and trustworthy information.

The evening’s event will cover topics such as media bias, fact-checking techniques, source evaluation, and online verification tools. Participants will learn how to identify red flags that indicate unreliable news sources, such as sensational headlines, unsupported claims, misleading images, AI, and commentary versus news writing.

You are invited to attend:

“Empowering the Public: Building Critical News Literacy in a Digital Age.”

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

The United Lutheran Seminary

Valentine Hall Room 206

Registration and Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.

Please fill out the form on our website

Patti Robinson is Mediation Services of Adams County Board of Directors President

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