Truth and Consequences
In this "post-truth" era, how and what should we believe? Join us for an exploration of how information is disseminated and consumed.

Between partisan news, filter bubbles, and pundits-for-hire, media literacy and critical thinking are more important than ever. Getting Down to the Truth is a monthly series that continues a deep dive into the truth of fake news. These monthly, topical sessions will examine media and online coverage of healthcare, education, local news, and wealth inequality.

We will use the “CRAAP test” to evaluate media representations of these topics and explore ways to find good, accurate resources. The CRAAP test consists of five criteria: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose. Sarah Blakeslee of the University of California at Chico's Meriam Library developed the standard as a way for students and teachers to evaluate sources with a skeptical eye. The tool is especially helpful when conducting research on the internet, where unsubstantiated blog posts show up in a Google search beside peer-reviewed studies.

Getting Down to the Truth: Diagnosing Health Information

Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 at the East Tennessee History Center

 Health literacy is is essential to promote healthy people and communities, but national data has shown that health information can be too difficult for average Americans to use to make health decisions. Join Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, and librarians Martha Earl of Preston Medical Library and Ian Henderson of Knox County Public Library to cast a diagnostic eye on online health information in America.

The series continues:

September 12, 6:30–Mastering Education Information

October 10, 6:30–Investigating Local News

November 15, noon–Accounting for Wealth Inequality 

All sessions will be held at the East Tennessee History Center.

Partners and sponsors

In partnership with Wendell Potter and Tarbell.org, UT's College of Communications, School of Journalism and School of Information Sciences, and Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Made possible by the Jane L. Pettway Foundation and the Knox County Public LIbrary Foundation.