Who is this class for: We are thrilled to make this course available for anybody who is interested in learning how to evaluate the quality of news and journalism in order to judge the reliability of information and make informed judgment. It is an online version of the News Literacy curriculum developed at Stony Brook University in New York and the University of Hong Kong. More than 15,000 university students in ten countries have taken it over the last ten years. We have been constantly updating our course material by incorporating the impact of the growing popularity of smart phones and social media services around the world. We hope you enjoy the course!

Created by:  The University of Hong Kong, The State University of New York

  • Masato Kajimoto

    Taught by:  Masato Kajimoto, Assistant Professor

    Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong

  • Howard Schneider

    Taught by:  Howard Schneider, Dean

    Stony Brook University School of Journalism

  • Anne Kruger

    Taught by:  Anne Kruger, Lecturer

    Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong

  • Steven Reiner

    Taught by:  Steven Reiner, Associate Professor

    Stony Brook University School of Journalism

  • Jonathan Anzalone

    Taught by:  Jonathan Anzalone, Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Center for News Literacy

    Stony Brook University School of Journalism

  • Michael A. Spikes

    Taught by:  Michael A. Spikes, Director, Digital Resources

    Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University School of Journalism

  • Richard Hornik

    Taught by:  Richard Hornik, Lecturer

    Stony Brook University School of Journalism
Commitment6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
English, Subtitles: Spanish, Polish, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified)
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong is the territory’s oldest institute of higher learning and also an internationally recognized, research led, comprehensive university. It engages in frontier research and academic endeavours that reflect and address the needs of a fast changing, knowledge-based world.
The State University of New York
The State University of New York, with 64 unique institutions, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. Educating nearly 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs both on campus and online, SUNY has nearly 3 million alumni around the globe.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 of 22 ratings

I was expecting a good class, but this exceeded my expectations. Well worth the money!

Really enjoyed this course. Lots of good information on how to identify fake news.

A super course, and available at just the right time. With journalists and journalism under assault, it's time for news consumers like me to have a better understanding of what we and our communities are up against. I truly appreciate that now I have a framework (and tools) to look at what is out there, which is helping me know what I think better and gives me strategies to talk constructively with friends and family when talking about the news. The past election, and now these first weeks of the new administration, have been real brain bangers with respect to what passes for truth in the news. As I began, a super course, and available at just the right time!

From its clear explanations to its relevant examples, I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I highly recommend it for anyone who's not sure what news is, what "fake news" is, what journalism is and how to get better at explaining all of these to others.