As the election results continue to unfold, we want to share this message from the News Literacy Project (NLP)*. In this moment, news literacy is more important than ever, and democracy depends on all of us.


The voters have spoken, and now it’s time to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly. As key states complete the process of tallying their ballots, we should take a breath and let the process play out until a final and official count is completed.

In the meantime, we must unite in support of reliable information from trusted news sources so that we have an accurate understanding of the process and its validity.

News literacy is more important than ever. Not only is factual information vital right now, but the future of our democracy hangs in the balance. That’s why we are urging the news media, state officials, politicians and you to refrain from spreading or amplifying false or unverified information.

For a better understanding of how misinformation and disinformation have impacted this election, please join us for a live episode of our podcast Is that a fact? on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET. Host Darragh Worland will moderate a lively conversation featuring Jane Lytvynenko of BuzzFeed News and Joan Donovan, research director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Register today.

For now, we must support a fair and transparent vote-counting process. In the days ahead, rely on information from trusted and reliable news sources for an accurate understanding of the process, assurance of its validity and confidence in the results. Please be extra careful about what you share, like or comment on. Make sure the information is credible and has been vetted by authoritative sources.

Our mission is to give students and the public the news literacy skills they need to become equal and engaged participants in a democracy. We must all work together to ensure that fair and accurate results are not tainted by misinformation.

Thank you for standing up for facts.


* NLP, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

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