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Fact or Fiction? Tools for Teaching News Literacy (ONLINE)

June 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


Are you a Montana high school or middle school teacher or librarian looking to help students navigate the 24/7 media world they live in? Join veteran journalist and University of Montana journalism professor Dennis Swibold for this FREE online workshop on teaching news literacy in the classroom. Learn how to teach your students the critical thinking skills and tools essential to analyzing news and information in the digital age.


Dennis Swibold
Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Any middle school or high school teacher or librarian interested in learning how to help students find credible news and information online. You’ll learn strategies to teach your students the critical thinking skills they’ll need to distinguish between credible information and disinformation.
  • Who is the instructor?
    Dennis Swibold is a professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism where he teaches reporting, news writing and ethics, all of which rely on the essential discipline of journalism: verification. An author and former reporter and editor, he also speaks on behalf of Humanities Montana to communities across Montana about the challenges facing the state’s news media.
  • When is this workshop?
    June 19, 2020 from 9-11am
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    Hands on exercises, lesson plans and links to online resources designed to help students think critically about the news and information they see online and learn to effectively verify or debunk it.
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
    No, this workshop is not offered for college credit at this time
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
    Yes. You will earn 2 renewal units for this workshop.
  • How much does it cost to register for this workshop?
    This workshop is free for any middle or high school teacher or librarian, you just need to RSVP online.


June 19, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Montana Media Lab – Don Anderson Hall – University of Montana School of Journalism
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, 59812 United States


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