As journalists, we're taught to find multiple sources to support a fact -- or at the very least one highly reliable source. And so it goes with teaching students how to read and interpret "news."
Information comes at us from all manner of sources -- blogs, websites, institutions, newspapers -- and even the most discerning eye must carefully weigh the validity of where, why, and how the information is presented.
In my Q&A with Jeff Livingston, the following quote seems relevant in this context:
We have to make them critical consumers of information. Weigh the sources and judge it for themselves based on the quality of the information.
To that end, journalists are working together to teach students critical thinking skills -- how to interpret the information they read -- with a program called The News Literacy Project.