This fall, Senior Planet from AARP is excited to work with The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, to offer a three-part series titled “Understanding Misinformation and How to Talk to People Who Believe It”. For family members coming together during the holidays, these workshops can help set the stage for a more peaceful and harmonious family gathering, free from misinformation.

This workshop series includes three sessions: The Misinformation Landscape; Essential Fact Checking Skills; and Productive Conversations Without Confrontation


Session 1: The Misinformation Landscape

Wednesday, October 20 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET 

In this session, we will discuss how to move beyond the unhelpful term “fake news” to more precisely identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate, and false information that we encounter regularly. We will explore the motivations behind different propagators of misinformation and the different ways that they use our emotions and cognitive biases to manipulate us into believing something is true. We will also demonstrate key fact-checking and verification skills for identifying misinformation. By getting to a deeper understanding of misinformation, we can become less susceptible to it and more likely to prioritize reliable, verified sources of news and information. 

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Session 2: Essential Fact Checking Skills 

Wednesday, November 3 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET 

Join us for the second installment of this webinar series. Dive into the tools and skills needed to fact-check and verify the authenticity of information as well as how to source its origins for yourself.

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Session 3: Productive Conversations Without Confrontation

Wednesday, November 17 from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET 

Once you’ve learned how to verify information, the next step is talking to someone whose beliefs are fueled by misinformation. The third session of this webinar series will focus on how to have this conversation in a productive, non-confrontational way in order to yield positive outcomes.

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