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Countering misinformation in times of civil unrest

L.A. Times columnist LZ Granderson speaks with protesters in downtown Los Angeles and finds goodwill and solidarity.

In a still shot of a L.A. Times video documenting peaceful demonstrations in downtown L.A. on May 31, L.A. Times columnist LZ Granderson interviews protesters. (Mark Potts, Maggie Beidelman and LZ Granderson / Los Angeles Times)

The news you consume shapes how you see the world. 

The past few weeks have been difficult for the Southern California community and the nation at large, particularly for communities of color. Nationwide protests express outrage over the deaths of Black people in police custody including George Floyd. Civil unrest and the continued coronavirus pandemic can be seen all over the news and outside our windows.

The way that these events are presented to you affects how you feel and respond. As young people, you are likely feeling a range of emotions as you try to process what you are seeing, hearing or may be experiencing in your own families. The news these past few weeks has often been contradictory, with accounts of protestors differing from government officials, as well as ever-changing curfews and public safety directives that add to the confusion. High School Insider and the Education team at PBS SoCal | KCET gathered guidelines and resources to help you process the news in a thoughtful and inclusive way. 

There is not a single, ultimate true telling of #Uprising2020 that encapsulates all perspectives and contexts. Because the world is messy and complicated, we all have to be able to hold multiple truths at once. These tips are to help you navigate a sea of information to find multiple, credible sources that can help you come to a fuller understanding of the news of the day.

Diversify your media sources: 

Verify the information you see, hear and receive:

First Draft, a nonprofit committed to protecting the world’s information ecosystem, encourages news consumers to think “SHEEP” before they share misinformation online. (Image courtesy of First Draft)

Think before you share:

Additional Resources for Student Journalists:

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