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How anti-vaxxers abused the Hamlin crash and other lessons in news literacy

The News Literacy Project aims to teach students and the public how to sort fact from fiction. The organization’s e-learning platform, Checkology, helps educators teach students how to identify credible information. It also gives them an appreciation of the importance of the First Amendment and a free press. Use these questions to explore the impact of conspiracy theories involving violent crime. What responsibility do we all have in what we share online?

How can we avoid sensationalizing violent crimes when commenting online? Use this think sheet to examine an individual’s responsibility for what they share online.