Betty Jung has incorporated a health information literacy research project for an undergraduate Wellness course that she teaches at Southern Connecticut State University.
This writing exercise is to help young people of today develop an appreciation for the importance of distinguishing between credible sources of health information and the ever-growing deluge of fake news and misinformation that one finds online. This assignment incorporates an analytical approach in which students develop an awareness that news sources may have political biases that skew the reporting factual information.
“I appreciate the opportunity to participate as a media analyst in this project and have found it to be an eye-opening experience of how important it is to be skeptical of what we read online. And, just being aware that factual information may be filtered by political biases that readers may not know about should give us pause on how we draw conclusions about what we read online.”