Media Literacy Week 2022

Media Literacy Week 2022



The annual U.S. Media Literacy Week, October 24-28, 2022, calls attention to media literacy education by bringing together hundreds of partners for events and activities around the country. In partnership with the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation is offering this media literacy column by Patrick Lee Plaisance, Don W. Davis Professor of Ethics.

Flu season is upon us. Have you inoculated yourself against fake news?

No, that’s not a misprint. Just as most of us regularly get a flu shot to help protect ourselves from the influenza virus, we can also take steps to prevent being fooled by “stories” that push misinformation – not by getting a shot, but by having what I call a healthy news diet. People who regularly read good journalism are simply less gullible when it comes to fake news. And there’s no better time to think about our news diets than this week, which is national Media Literacy Week.


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