She said it has helped her to become more aware of the news and other information she encounters every day. “I feel like I’ve gotten better at being a journalism student and identifying real news from fake news,” she told us.
She has also brought her news literacy skills home to her family. As an example, she said, she asked her father about the credibility of the sources in a documentary he had watched. “He looked at me and told me, ‘I notice that you’ve gotten a lot more critical,’” she said, adding: “That made me realize I do act more critical.”
And, she noted, “it’s important that I’m a good role model” for her 7-year-old sister: “It’s important for us to be critical, especially because we’re the next generation in the world.”