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Fact or Fiction? Tools for Teaching News Literacy

June 19


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 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 9am-4pm
  • 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.
  • What do I need to bring?
    A notebook, laptop or iPad for taking notes
  • What about meals?
    We will provide light refreshments in the morning and afternoon. You will be on your own for lunch from 12-1pm. Missoula has lots of great restaurants and cafes within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab.
  • What is the maximum enrollment for this workshop?
  • 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 7 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. Space is limited though, so please sign up early.


June 19
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University of Montana
32 Campus Dr
Missoula, 59812 United States


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