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The Center for News Literacy at the Stony Brook School of Journalism defines News Literacy as the ability to develop critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it comes via print, television, or the Internet. As high-speed Internet access reaches nearly 90% of American adults, information professionals today face the challenge of synthesizing a complex and tumultuous media environment in age of deepening public distrust in the media.
The purpose of this page is to provide a framework for navigating news literacy, and to curate a set of tools and resources for our patron population of undergraduate students.
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The CRAAP Test is a framework through which information consumers can asses the credibility of their sources. Developed by a team of librarians at California State University, Chico, the tool is applicable across a variety of disciplines, including news literacy. Given the proliferation of news sources on the Internet and the variety of channels through which users access information, the CRAAP Test is a useful guide when navigating the news literacy landscape.
CRAAP is an acronym that stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
Authority: The Source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: The reason the information exists