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[WEBINAR] Knowing the News: Media Literacy in the Age of COVID-19

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PEN America and The Library Foundation invite you to attend a live and interactive media literacy webinar on Monday, April 13 at 7pm Central Standard Time.

Access to accurate information is an integral component of free expression and essential to public health and civic engagement, especially during a pandemic rife with both misinformation and disinformation. Media literacy has become a chillingly vital prerequisite to responsibly consume information about the illness amid the constant threat of COVID-19 disinformation.

Webinar sessions of ‘Knowing the News’ are PEN America’s response to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces renewed concerns about misleading content amid COVID-19, PEN America has tailored our workshop to provide timely examples and activities to help strengthen media literacy skills. Participants will learn how to better defend themselves against false news—about coronavirus and disinformation in other contexts—and how to support balanced media consumption for the health of their news diets. The session will explore the nexus of coverage on this health crisis and the prevalence of many different forms of disinformation that flood our social media feeds. Participants will leave equipped to consume news with a critical eye, ready to discern the veracity of information they see online.

This webinar will be facilitated by Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs at PEN America, and will be free and open to the public.

Check out PEN America’s guide on COVID-19 disinformation here.

Please confirm your registration at the Zoom link below. For more information, contact Hannah Waltz, Media Literacy Training Coordinator, at medialiteracy@pen.org.

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