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News Literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television, the internet or social media (Digital Resource Center, Course Pack).
Pew Research Center
Can you tell the difference between factual and opinion news statements?
Test your ability to classify 10 news statements as either factual or opinion. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 5,035 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online between February 22 and March 4, 2018. The analysis of the findings from the study can be found in the full report, "Distinguishing Between Factual and Opinion Statements in the News." Take the quiz and share your results with us on Twitter @PewJournalism.
Regardless of how knowledgeable you are about each topic, would you consider each statement to be a factual statement (whether you think it is accurate or not) or an opinion statement (whether you agree with it or not)?
"And that brings us to tonight's word: Truthiness. Now I'm sure some of the word-police, the "wordanistas" over at Webster’s, are gonna say, "Hey, that's not a word!" Well, anybody who knows me knows that I am no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They're elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn't true, what did or didn't happen...”
– Stephen Colbert, October 17, 2005, The Colbert Report