News Literacy and Media Ethics

Here is a list of useful websites and resources which will help you and your students to ‘navigate the news’

Be Media Smart

The Be Media Smart campaign has been developed by Media Literacy Ireland and is supported by a range of organisations across Ireland to help people tell the difference between reliable and accurate information and or deliberately false or misleading information.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an independent non-profit organisation that provides parents, teachers, and policymakers with unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all childrens’ lives. Use these five essential questions as a springboard, to help children, or anyone for that matter, dig deeper with even more critical questions of their own.

Five Essential Questions

News Literacy Project

Test and sharpen your news literacy skills with short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics — for teachers as well as for learners of all ages.

News Literacy Project

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy

Global, open resource from UNESCO, supporting the development of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) competencies among people. Includes MIL policy and strategy guidelines, teaching tools, publications, videos and other resources to help embed MIL practices in daily life.

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy


TedED Media Literacy

Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. This 6 minute video takes viewers through decoding the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life — from advertising messages to traffic signs.

TedEd: Decoding the system

TedEx: How to choose your news

How do we choose which news to consume?

In this 5 minute video, Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.

TedEd: How do we choose which news to consume