Google and PBS launch media literacy program to fight disinformation
In recent years, Google has attempted to repair its reputation as a source of disinformation by launching multiple programs, including the Google News Initiative (GNI). Now, the company has partnered with PBS Student Report Labs (SRL) and other journalism organizations on programs designed to strengthen media literacy for students, educators and the public.
Google News Initiative and Student Report Labs are creating educational resources to teach young people how to talk about disinformation with older family and friends. “Through storytelling and co-production with students, we will explore the media literacy needs of different communities and generations, and how they can connect with each other to find solutions,” said the founder. of SRL, Leah Clapman. As an example, GNI referred to an SRL YouTube Video titled “What Does a School Board Do?” ” (below).
Google has also partnered with the News Literacy Project (NLP), a non-partisan national education nonprofit, to once again provide media education to students, teachers and the public. Google aims to bring its “Newsroom to Classroom” initiative to more journalists and educators, helping NLP expand to parts of California, Colorado, Texas, Iowa and Nebraska, “places particularly affected by the decline in local news,” according to Google.
Finally, the Google News Initiative is expanding its reach in Spanish by partnering with Poynter’s MediaWise project focused on students and seniors. She is partnering with the team to translate her course “How to spot disinformation online” into Spanish and create a text version that will be delivered via SMS, “This is how many seniors find and share news,” a writes the company.
Google said these efforts would strengthen existing projects like Fact Check Explorer and Search’s “about this result”. However, the company has a long way to go in appeasing criticism from the public and governments around the world that it is beating the misinformation that still plagues its various platforms.