In the era of fake news, the ability to critically evaluate media has taken on a central importance for engaged citizens in countries around the globe. To that end, Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp was invited by the U.S. State Department to teach media literacy best practices in Turkey, which ranks 157 out of 180 on Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index.
In March, Project Look Sharp experts Cyndy Scheibe and Chris Sperry delivered a series of trainings to educators and students at high schools and universities throughout Turkey. Based in the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences, Project Look Sharp provides training and materials for educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curricula at all educational levels.
“It was a real privilege to be invited by the U.S. State Department to give presentations to teachers, college students and high school students in several cities around Turkey,” said Scheibe, professor of psychology and founding executive director of Project Look Sharp. “Chris and I were warmly received everywhere, and we found both the educators and the students eager to take on media literacy approaches.”