The Economist Educational Foundation

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News literacy: independent research

Responsible journalists use independent research to make sure that they share reliable and balanced information with their audience. In this lesson, hear tips from journalist John Prideaux and help students explore the impact of misinformation and bias in the news.

This resource includes teacher instructions, PowerPoint slides to present to the class, and an audio clip (with transcript) for the activity. Access requires a free teacher account.

Use this one-hour lesson to help students:

  • Understand why independent research is important
  • Identify how to check if information is trustworthy
  • Explain how bias affects the news they see and hear

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About The Economist Educational Foundation

The Economist Educational Foundation is an independent charity that supports young people to develop skills and knowledge to thrive in the modern world. Its world-class teaching resources enable teachers to lead inspiring, fun and in-depth discussions about the news in their classrooms and are proven to build young people's literacy. All resources are free and a teacher account offers you full access to their library of resources.

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