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News and Media: 1. Introduction

How to use this guide

Read through each of the following pages to learn more about the increased need for media literacy in the digital age. 

Once you have completed this guide, you can then test your knowledge with our quiz which will take around 10 minutes to complete .


After following this guide you will be able to:

  • Protect your image online

  • Define what media and media literacy is

  • Understand the different types of media sources and their roles within the digital age 

  • Define key concepts such as free speech, misinformation, disinformation and censorship

  • Learn how algorithms are used to present personalised information on social media platforms

  • Understand concepts of selection and bias within the media

  • Explain what fake news is and understand how to spot it in the media

  • Interpret the differences between facts and opinions

  • Recognise the importance of evaluating and fact-checking information

Subject Librarians provide information skills training and in-depth subject support for students. We offer one-to-one appointments to help you with finding the right sources, guide you with your research and literature reviews. 

You can find your Subject Librarian and book an appointment by visiting the following webpage: 

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