News and Media Literacy: Smart News Citizens

Room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

Canadians are immersed in news and information, often in spaces no longer controlled by traditional media publishers. With an abundance of choice on multiple mediums, citizens are also concerned about unreliable information and fake news. What level of media literacy can we reasonably expect from citizens, given the problem of fake news dates back as far as the printing press? In the Internet age, we are all media and we are all editors. This session explores how to help citizens be better editors, supporting them to cut through the noise and reduce the information burden on them.

Lead Discussants:

Moderator: Dr. Alfred Hermida, Director and Full Professor, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia and Celeste Côté, Social Media Strategist


For the first half hour, 2-3 experts and session leads will outline key issues and knowledge gaps and identify a number of key issues to be discussed. Afterwards, the room will break into smaller groups for facilitated discussions about the various key issues before re-convening as a whole to exchange ideas.

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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