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Jessica Bellomo

Undergraduate Deja Lawson (at left), adjunct instructor Jessica Bellomo (center) and emeritus communications professor Art Silverblatt shared strategies for navigating an age of information overload and polarization.
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Jessica Bellomo has long made a point to instruct her Webster University students on the importance of media literacy. But in recent semesters, she’s found it necessary to flip the emphasis of those lessons.

“A few years ago … they’d start off believing everything – believing too much, and I’d have to teach them not to do that,” the adjunct instructor and Gateway Media Literacy Partners treasurer said on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air. “Now it’s kind of the reverse … my students start off like, ‘Nothing is real. I believe in nothing. All of it’s fake. Everything’s fake news.’ And each one is equally dangerous.”

Bellomo joined host Don Marsh for the conversation just a few days before the start of Media Literacy Week 2018, which coincides with election week. Also participating in the discussion were Webster student Deja Lawson and emeritus communications professor Art Silverblatt.