UNLV students learn critical thinking and information literacy skills

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — You’ve heard the term fake news. It seems more than ever that Americans are struggling to separate fact from fiction when it comes to news content on so many different platforms.

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In honor of National News Literacy Week, 13 Action News spoke with a former journalist-turned-UNLV instructor who is committed to helping aspiring journalists by teaching them information literacy skills .

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Patranya Bhoolsuwan currently teaches Journalism 449 at UNLV. And the hot topic is information culture.

“Students not only learn practical skills, but how to think like a journalist,” Bhoolsuwan said.

Critical thinking skills in the age of journalism are essential with so much media. News sources and social media are more important than ever.

Bhoolsuwan says everyone is a media producer these days, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to separate fact from fiction.

“If I talk to any of my students now, they’re probably everyday media producers. They’re already putting their content online. They have a Youtube channel. So they’re both a media consumer and a media producer. So it’s even more important for them to know what kind of content they put out and what kind of information they put out,” Bhoolsuwan said.

Separating fact from fiction and spotting misinformation are topics the students we spoke to have strong opinions about.

“I make sure that the person who publishes in the media company that publishes it is trustworthy and has produced valuable work in the past, and that other people can also trust him,” said Jelani Watts, journalism student at UNLV.

Journalism 449 students will have the chance to practice critical thinking and write a story.

Bhoolsuwan will instill the importance of being on a truth-finding mission this semester. She also thinks that one of the biggest challenges for her aspiring journalists will be deciphering all this information and getting to the facts.

“You have to start them in elementary school because these kids are on Youtube and Facebook. They’re all aware of all this information coming in. They have to start thinking about where this information comes from and what it is. are doing to the community,” Bhoolsuwan said.

Dwight E. Schulz