Jul 6th 2015

Media LIT: Overcoming Information Overload (edX)

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Take control of information overload and make media serve you better.

Media literacy helps us understand, analyze and create media. While we rely on good journalism to provide accurate information, we also have responsibilities of our own in this media-saturated environment. We can no longer be passive consumers of media. We need to be active users of media, as readers, listeners, viewers and creators, so we are all better informed. Our goal is to help you do just that.

In this course, you'll hear from some amazing folks who are part, or keen observers, of the news industry—including, among many others, Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, and Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith.

You'll learn to:

- Describe the changes that have transformed the way we create and consume media

- List essential principles for being an active media consumer

- Evaluate the tools and techniques of media creation

- Employ a “slow news” approach, especially as a consumer of news