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PhD student Huyen Nguyen presents her research in Russia

by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies

PhD student Huyen Nguyen presented a case study on news literacy in Vietnam at the third international conference on Media Literacy, Media Ecology, Media Education: Digital Media for the Future, April 20-22 in Moscow, Russia.

Nguyen’s paper, News literacy in Vietnam: practice, tasks, problems, attitude to the news literacy of the industry and citizens, grew out of her long-term project initially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in 2013 and later by the Stony Brook Foundation in New York.

Her paper focused on three issues that affected news consumption: first, bias from both the media and the audience under the rise of Key Opinion Leaders; second, the decrease of news quality due to the blooming of sensational news and the restriction on political messages; third, fake news and the lack of fact-checking effort. To tackle these issues, within three years (2013-2016), she and her colleagues in Vietnam organized many training workshops for nearly 10,000 college and high school students on (1) how to practice mindful journalism, or how to make fair and balanced news judgment; (2) how to select newsworthy stories based on a set of news values; and (3) how to debunk fake news, including tips to check the sources, verify across media platforms, check the context, check websites ownership, check photo authenticity, etc.

In fall 2017, Nguyen begins the final year of her PhD studies at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. In addition to her studies, she has taught undergraduate-level courses including Introduction to Multiplatform Reporting.

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May 1, 2017

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