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Opinion: Teaching fact-checking won't suffice in battle against fake news

September 12, 2022
By Scott DeJong

A man with a beard is leaning at a desk and scrolling their social media on their phone. The amount of information online makes it hard to know what is true or false. Fact checking and media are one approach for dealing with misleading content. | Credit: charlesdeluvio on unsplash

This op-ed by Scott DeJong, doctoral candidate in Communications and Public Scholar, explores the problems and difficulties we have with fact checking and digital literacy education. DeJong challenges the longstanding approaches being used in Canadian curriculum to discuss misleading content online. This article was published on August 8 as part of the Public Scholars program and in collaboration with the Montreal Gazette.

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