Media Literacy Bill Signed in Illinois
The new law will require Illinois public schools to teach students skills to identify misinformation.
Democratic State Senator Karina Villa said the internet has become a place for students to debate and discuss social issues and politics. But Villa and other Democrats also believe children are vulnerable to persecution and misinformation online.
Republican lawmakers voted against the bill. They felt the measure fails to define who should be considered a good or bad source of information.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.