In 2012, we at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre (JMSC), the University of Hong Kong, began our international collaboration on news literacy education with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University in the United States.
Our goal then was to jointly develop teaching materials and pedagogical methodologies that incorporate critical thinking skills suitable for the culture and media landscapes in different countries and regions around the world.
Since then, we have been trying to serve as the main hub for the Asia Pacific, taking the leading role in organizing workshops and seminars to exchange ideas with like-minded educators, journalists, NGOs, and students in the region for the last six years.
Seeing the need for public education towards news consumption, we also produced a free online course titled Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens distributed through Coursera in 2016 that reached tens of thousands of learners from more than 150 countries.
Straplien is a renewed effort of our news literacy initiative to develop teaching and learning materials for the general public in the Asian region.
While previous projects mainly targeted educators and students in classroom settings, this YouTube video series tries to bring the discussion of fact-checking techniques and reliable news to people’s everyday conversation.
We will explore practical methods to apply critical thinking skills to identify quality information in the news no matter where it comes from — be it from unknown bloggers, established news media, or friends on social media.