Seth Ashley, Associate Professor in the Communications Department, and Deana Brown, Assistant Professor and librarian, were quoted in an article that appeared Thursday, January 18th, in the Idaho Business Review. The article, “Instruction on critical thinking gains a foothold in academia”, gave Ashley and Brown the opportunity to share their expertise on the “fake news” phenomenon.
Ashley discussed a scale he has helped co-develop that can “measure people’s news media literacy.” Furthermore, he shared that, “Social media is partly to blame for readers’ confusion about what news is verifiable and what has been made up.”
Brown was interviewed to gain a librarian’s perspective, and shared that, “It’s so easy to share information that isn’t accurate these days, especially in our clickable, 24-hour-news-cycle world, especially things that reinforce existing beliefs.”
Additionally, the article included relevant resources, including the Center for Media Literacy, the National Association for Media Literacy Education, and a News Literacy site created by Brown and other Albertsons Library colleagues.