BrightPoint Press: Media Literacy Reviews

Distinguishing Fact from Opinion: ISBN 978-1-6782-0194-4 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0195-1
How Social Media Impacts News: ISBN 978-1-6782-0196-8 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0197-5
Identifying Fake News: ISBN 978-1-6782-0198-2 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0199-9
Identifying Media Bias: ISBN 978-1-6782-0200-2 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0201-9
Legitimate News Sources : ISBN 978-1-6782-0202-6 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0203-3
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple supplement November 1, 2021

Gr 6 Up—Researchers get an introduction to news and media in this reference collection written for struggling and ELL readers. Each title opens with an anecdotal story of a teen interacting with information on the internet. Instead of taking it at face value, they dig deeper to determine if they can trust their source before sharing it or using it for an assignment. Readers learn about the history of journalistic ethics, the difference between a news article and a social media post, and how to spot bias in the news. Real-life examples like Pizzagate and the New York Times coverage of the justification for the Iraq War provide historical context. Stock images are included throughout, as is a chart from the organization AllSides that is used to illustrate where some news sources fall on the political spectrum with CNN on the left, The Hill in the middle, and Fox News as leaning right. No more information is provided and students might take this as the authority on journalistic bias rather than opinion. The books feature a glossary, resources, and index. VERDICT This is an important topic that is covered in an easy-to-read format. Struggling readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the modern media landscape.