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The Media Literacy Maven!

Join a member of our Education staff each week on Facebook Live as she provides tips and tricks on how to navigate the murky waters of fake and misleading news. View past episodes here.

NewseumED’s Media Literacy Maven is your resource for teaching the importance of being critical news consumers. Each week, she takes viewers through her favorite media literacy moments from the past week, providing tips that teachers can give their students on how to tell real news from fake news and navigate the current media landscape.

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Check out our previous Media Literacy Maven episodes and stay tuned for all our upcoming videos!


  • March 17, 2017: The Maven discusses defamation in the news — what content is and isn’t protected by the First Amendment. Learn the difference in defamation laws between public and private figures, and dig into a current defamation case involving a well- known celebrity. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 7.

Watch Episode 7 

  • March 10, 2017: The Maven discusses how to analyze polls being cited in the news. Learn how to dig deeper into poll results by evaluating four key factors: timing, sample size, method and participants. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 6.

Watch Episode 6

  • March 3, 2017: Using newspapers from the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages exhibit, our Media Literacy Maven highlights press choices in different local papers’ coverage of President Trump’s address to Congress. Learn how to identify a news outlet’s potential biases or preferences based on things such as article placement, headline and image selection.  Interpreting the values of different publications based on their coverage can be a valuable skill in assessing media bias. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 5.

Watch Episode 5

  • Feb. 23, 2017: The Maven discusses the wide variety of motivations behind fake news, how easily it can be spread, and how the backlash caused by it can even be used as a promotional tool. For example, 20th Century Fox’s advertisement campaign for the new movie “The Cure for Wellness” involved creating several fake news websites that were very realistic. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 4.

Watch Episode 4

  • Feb. 15, 2017: Enter the throne room of our Media Literacy Maven as she delves into some tricky issues in the media today, such as the pros and cons of anonymous sources, distrust in the media, and fake Twitter accounts. As any journalist worth their salt knows, you gotta verify verify verify! Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 3.

Watch Episode 3

  • Feb. 10, 2017: The Maven tackles the balance between freedom of speech and privacy, phony news sites, Photoshop manipulation and deception, and the dangers of sloppy reporting. Part of becoming media literate is learning to recognize the distinction between regular news outlets and truly fake news outlets. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 2.

Watch Episode 2

  • Feb. 3, 2017: Katharine Kosin premieres as our Media Literacy Maven, as she shares some of her favorite media literacy moments from the week! Parody accounts, jumping the gun, voter biases and more — it’s happening all around us, all the time. Watch as our Maven separates fact from fiction. Download a PDF of links cited in Episode 1.

Watch Episode 1


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