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When epidemiology meets information literacy!
Dr. Yasmin Seema (@DoctorYasmin on Twitter) has a new book titled What The Fact? Finding The Truth In All The Noise. Jennifer has just started reading it and is interested to learn more about how Dr. Seema’s work as an epidemiologist informs her quest to establish a nationwide information literacy curricula!
From the publisher…
From acclaimed writer, journalist, and physician Dr. Seema Yasmin comes a much-needed, timely book about the importance of media literacy, fact-based reporting, and the ability to discern truth from lies.
What is a fact? What are reliable sources? What is news? What is fake news? How can anyone make sense of it anymore? Well, we have to. As conspiracy theories and online hoaxes increasingly become a part of our national discourse and “truth” itself is being questioned, it has never been more vital to build the discernment necessary to tell fact from fiction, and media literacy has never been more vital.
In this accessible guide, Dr. Seema Yasmin, an award-winning journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor, traces the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape and teaches young readers the skills to help them identify and counter poorly-sourced clickbait and misleading headlines.