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Our Niche website Helps Make You Propaganda-Proof

There is a way to combat propaganda without calling for censorship of free expression. Disinformation Nation, NewseumED’s new microsite, provides the tools you and your students need to recognize and build up immunity to manipulative media.

  • Discover what propaganda is, its common techniques, and the danger it poses through animated videos and current and historical examples.
  • Take our fun, introductory quiz to reveal how propaganda makers could target you.
  • Use a simple acronym – S.E.E.D. – to spot four universal techniques for manipulating human emotions: Simplification, Exaggeration, Exploitation and Division.
  • Explore tips to stop inviting propaganda in.

Disinformation Nation is your one-stop shop for resources to bring this timely and important content into the classroom. No registration is required. Check out related lesson plans on the NewseumED website.

Look for us on the road

NewseumED staff will be presenting and exhibiting at several conferences this month. If you’re attending any of them, be sure to say “hello” and learn about our free educational resources. At our exhibit booths, pick up copies of our fabulous posters, including E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News, Is This Story Share-Worthy? and Weed Out Propaganda. Also enter for a chance to win a cool Fitbit Versa Smartwatch. Find us here:

  • Nov. 14-16, American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Louisville, Kentucky. Booth 547. Presenting on “Detecting Propaganda, Defeating Emotional Manipulation,” 11:40 a.m., Nov. 15.
  • Nov. 21, National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA), Austin, Texas. Presenting on “Detecting Propaganda, Defeating Emotional Manipulation,” 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 22-24, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Austin, Texas. Booth 232 in civics row. Presenting Saturday, Nov. 23, on “Detecting Propaganda: How to Outwit the Battle for Your Brain", 8:30 a.m., and “Right Side Up Again: Exploring Primary Sources with Religious Content,” 4:10 p.m.
  • Nov. 21-24, JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Conference, Washington, D.C. NewseumED won’t be exhibiting or presenting but conference attendees will get free admission to the Newseum when they show their conference badge at the door Nov. 21-24. In addition, the Freedom Forum Institute will have a table at the conference to encourage high school juniors to apply for the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference on June 19-24, 2020. One rising high school senior from every state and the District of Columbia will be selected to participate in the all-expenses-paid journalism conference and receive a $1,000 college scholarship.The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

Book a virtual class

Whether you're across the world or right next door, our NewseumED teachers are ready to lead live, virtual classes with your students on media literacy and First Amendment topics. All classes are free of charge. Check out our list of classes and booking information here. The classes are popular: We have no openings left for this year, but are booking for 2020.

National History Day help

Are your students looking for ideas or resources for their 2020 National History Day project? Check out our list of primary sources on NewseumED related to the theme of “Breaking Barriers in History.”

 

EDClasses & Training

  • From Facts to Firewalls: Leading Free Speech Debates

    Get the First Amendment background and media literacy techniques to help students understand where and how they can exercise freedom of expression in a world of social media and social protests.

  • Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media

    Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your students quick to point out that something's unfair — but not as ready to explain why? Tune up your “fairness meter” to assess how objective or biased content really is.

  • The Civil War: From the Front Lines to the Front Pages

    Students see how technology affected news coverage and public perception of the Civil War, then create their own front pages with breaking news, maps and telegrams.

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