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Tuesday, April 14 • 1:45pm - 4:45pm
How to Help Students Think Critically

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One concern that college educators constantly express is that their students lack the skills to think critically. And yet it is possibly the single most important skill that any student, especially journalism student can possess.
Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute’s Senior Faculty for Broadcast and Online, will lead a fast-moving highly practical session on how to teach students to ask four key questions that will lead them toward more reliable facts and truths. This session will include tons of real-life examples of stories that were printed, posted and aired but should not have been.

Our goal is to teach students to stop believing everything they see, hear or think and seek proof. You will see how a single image may be accurate but not true, how a simple video edit can radically change a story and how production techniques can taint a viewer’s perception of a story. This session is low on theory and high on practicality and utility. WARNING: come fully caffeinated and prepared to participate.
Presenter: Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institue

Tuesday April 14, 2015 1:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Pavilion 9

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