The JFK Hyannis Museum is partnering with The Freedom Forum to present
The Media Literacy Training Program
MAY 12 – JUNE 16

Where does the public lay blame for problems like “fake” news? What skills do news consumers need to develop and what can journalists do to help? As a mediator among those who create, distribute and consume the news, Freedom Forum’s education series wants to help each group better understand others. Participants explore options for consumer empowerment in combating the flow of misinformation through a three-player solution to the current misinformation crisis.

In an increasingly divided world, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum provides a space and place to reflect on the past with renewed HOPE for the future.

Four-class suite, 90 minutes each.

Thursday, May 12
Thursday, May 19
Thursday, June 2
Thursday, June 9
Thursday, June 16
+ 5th event: Ask an Expert

Attend via Zoom or in person at the JFK Hyannis Museum (Scudder Family Center for Civic Engagement room)

Feeling lost in today’s media landscape? In this course, participants dive into the complexity of digital citizenship, including the threat of falling for fake information. Exploring media literacy through a First Amendment focus, the course will cover:

Class 1: Media Ethics: Think Like a Journalist considers the ethical issues journalists face as they strive to be accurate, fair and clear. Utilizing real-life case studies, participants grapple with issues journalists may encounter, including privacy, anonymous sources and the pressure to be first.

Class 2: ESCAPE Junk News explores the problem of misinformation in today’s media landscape. Consider: What qualifies as “fake” news? Why should you care what’s real and what’s not? How can the motivations behind news stories shape the content?

Class 3: The Bias Meter: Win the Battle for Your Brain asks a critical question:  What are the qualities of fair news coverage? Learn how to assess word choice, use of context and counterpoints to make informed, impartial evaluations of news in print, online and on social media sources.

Class 4: Disinformation Nation: Detecting Propaganda, Defeating Emotional Manipulation looks at the methods propaganda uses to worm its way into our brains by exploring four universal techniques for manipulating human emotions. Participants will explore practical strategies to combat propaganda and improve the quality of their information ecosystem.


The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) foundation that fosters First Amendment freedoms for all.

45 WORDS OF FREEDOM — “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  ~ The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution