Journalism Professor Sissel McCarthy made the case that news literacy is a must-have core competency for all students at the CUNY IT Conference at John Jay College last week. In her talk, “How to Spot Fake News and Stay News Literate: A New Core Competency”, McCarthy told the audience about a Pew Research study earlier this year that shows 7 in 10 people have news fatigue and feel overwhelmed by the amount of news they encounter on their digital devices. New technologies that make it possible and profitable to spread misinformation are another challenge facing the public. Read More
Prof. Sissel McCarthy’s Macaulay Honors News Literacy students checked out Bloomberg’s headquarters just down the road at 58th Street and Lexington Avenue last week, thanks to an invite from Hunter alum Mike Nizza.
Nizza launched BloombergPolitics.com in 2014 and is now an editor for Bloomberg Opinion. Since his graduation from Hunter in 2000, he’s worked in digital journalism and says he loves building digital products. “We are in the first five minutes of digital history—it’s still like the Wild Wild West when it comes to digital,” Nizza said, adding that these new technologies do make it a challenging time in terms of news literacy.