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Teaching News Literacy in the Era of Hyperpolarized Media

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Teaching News Literacy in the Era of Hyperpolarized Media

Presented by Vanessa Otero, Founder and CEO, Ad Fontes Media
Moderated by Kristi Hemingway, VP of Content and Creative Strategy, EdCuration

Sponsored by Ad Fontes Media
Hosted by EdCuration

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In this edWebinar, educators learn how to use news literacy methodology to recognize and rate bias and reliability in the news and “news-like” content. During this hands-on session, viewers practice diplomatically dealing with sensitive political topics while maintaining objectivity. Educators leave the session ready to implement a news literacy curriculum in their classrooms.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders of the middle school, high school, and adult education levels.


Vanessa OteroAbout the Presenter

Vanessa Otero is the creator of the Media Bias Chart and the founder and CEO of Ad Fontes Media. A licensed patent attorney, Vanessa holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Denver. Vanessa’s formal education and professional career have centered on analytical reading, writing, and reasoning, creating an ideal background for her to create a content-analysis methodology for evaluating text.

Vanessa is on the board of directors of Community Radio for Northern Colorado and is on the advisory council of Media Literacy Now. Vanessa has been published or featured in articles and blogs on news literacy, news bias and free speech, social media, and conspiracy theories, including The Poynter Institute, Big Think, MarketWatch, Lifehacker, City A.M., and more. She is a much sought-after speaker at national news literacy workshops and webinars, including the Northeast Media Literacy Conference.


Kristi HemingwayAbout the Moderator

After serving many years as an elementary and secondary teacher, Kristi Hemingway transitioned to the role of instructional coach and professional developer, working with teachers to improve literacy practices and helping districts across the country implement new curriculum and instructional strategies. She is a journalist whose writing can be found in local and national publications, and has worked internationally to develop and deliver trainings, workshops and instruction for a wide variety of audiences and institutions. Using her communications background, she’s happy to be leading EdCuration’s podcast, Where We Reshape Learning, and spearheading Explorations and #EdTrustees.


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Ad Fontes Media

Ad Fontes Media, Inc. is a company founded in 2018 by Vanessa Otero, creator of the Media Bias Chart®. The mission of Ad Fontes Media is to rate all the news to positively transform society. We rate the news for reliability and bias to help people navigate the news landscape. Ad Fontes is Latin for “to the source,” because at the heart of what Ad Fontes Media does is look at the source—analyze the very content itself—to rate it. We have created a system of news content ratings that has beneficial applications for all stakeholders in a healthy news media landscape, including consumers, educators, publishers, researchers, advertisers, and social media platforms.


EdCuration’s mission is to get better resources into classrooms faster to increase student success. To this end, we run the Certified EdTrustees program, bringing together aspiring educational leaders to review and pilot instructional resources and provide feedback to the developers regarding how to improve those learning solutions. EdTrustees who love the piloted solutions advocate for their adoption by their school or district.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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