Making Sense of News

Learn essential, critical thinking skills in the age of social media to effectively navigate and make sense of news.

About this Course

With social media and a 24/7 news cycle, how do we — as news consumers — make sense of what we hear and read? At a time when we are flooded with an abundance of information and disinformation, it is essential for each one of us to become a more discerning news consumer.

This six-week course will help you identify reliable information in news reports and become better informed about the world we live. We will discuss journalism from the viewpoint of the news audience.

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Together, we will examine the following topics:

  • What makes news? The blurred lines between news, promotion and entertainment.
  • Why does news matter? Social sharing and the dynamics of the news cycles.
  • Who provides information? How to evaluate sources in news reports.
  • Where is the evidence? The process of verification.
  • When should we act? Recognizing our own biases.
  • How do we know what we know? Becoming an active news audience.

If you are interested in becoming a more discerning news consumer, please join us and sign up today.


* All the instructional video clips in the course will have subtitles in Simplified Chinese







  • 什麼是新聞?新聞、炒作以及娛樂之間的模糊界限。
  • 新聞資訊為何重要?社會化分享以及新聞的動態循環過程。
  • 信息來自哪裏?如何衡量新聞報道的來源。
  • 證據在哪裡?如何對證據加以核實。
  • 何時採取行動?了解我們自身的偏見。
  • 知識如何形成?成為一個積極主動的新聞受眾。