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The Four Power Centers – Prime Decision-Making Arenas of Local Government

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V. Media Literacy in the Search for Solutions

See: Citizen Power, Chapter 7

This video contains tips for finding facts you can trust – for example:

  1. Look for sites with history of publishing credible information which is cited by news outlets & academic institutions
  2. Check out the author’s profile and qualifications – are they a qualified expert on the subject of the article?
  3. Be skeptical of sensational headlines 
  4. Check yourself for confirmation bias: are you only reading articles by authors that share your opinion?

Download our guide to Media Literacy

Want to share an evidence-based solution with your community? Here are some steps you can take: 
  • Share the solution on social media as a Solutions Advocate – you can look for a Facebook page or group for your town, and tag local officials or journalists  
  • Write a letter to the editor or op ed in a local newspaper about the solution as a Solutions Advocate 
  • Write about the solution as a Citizen Journalist – check out our YouTube playlist to learn more!
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