Over the past year and a half, we have worked diligently to immerse ourselves in the world of media and news literacy. From reading books to attending conferences and consulting with a wide variety of experts—we have a pretty solid grasp on what we feel are the relevant aspects of media literacy to the average audience. We are not academics or journalists, and that is what sets us apart. We are fellow consumers of news and media that are thinking, “What the heck is going on right now?!” Interacting with this ever-evolving information landscape requires the ability to think critically, ask questions, and have an overall awareness of the multiple factors that shape our reality. Our goal is to provide an easy introduction to the world of media literacy as it relates to news, social media, and the internet as a whole. The content we’ve created is a starting point for further exploration. Think of it as a way to get familiar with concepts that will aid in becoming a more aware citizen who employs critical thinking skills to navigate the news and media landscape.
We want everyone to have the strength to say, “Hey, Not So Fast!” when consuming and creating media.
Here’s what you can expect to see from us:
Each “Explore” page has a short introduction, infographics, and accompanying text. Feel free to use this information however you like, as long as you credit us. We also want to hear from you about your thoughts and experiences with the related topics. There is a contact box at the bottom where you can share your stories. With your permission, we may use them on the site! At the bottom of each page are some of our favorite organizations that specialize in each specific subject. We encourage you to check them out to further your research.
Our social media posts on Twitter (@HeyNotSoFast) and Instagram (@NotSoFastCampaign) serve as daily reminders to be more aware of the information you consume. Follow us for regular updates! This will also be where we announce future plans, calls for content, and job openings.
Blog and Newsletter:
We will have weekly blogposts that explore relevant topics and current events surrounding what we think is important and interesting. You can also sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
A few disclaimers:
- We try our best to make sure all of the information we provide you is factually correct and well thought out. However, we are human, and humans make mistakes. We are a small, self-funded team. If you see an error, please feel free to tell us about it.
- We are not representing any corporate interests.
- We will not push any partisan ideologies, only information based on facts, evidence, science, and critical thinking.
- We have curated a list of all the books we read in this journey to becoming more knowledgeable about media literacy and our current news landscape. A small portion of the money Amazon makes is passed on to us as part of the Amazon Associates program. All of the money goes back into funding our campaign.
- Now that the first phase of our campaign is live, we are going to take some time to fine-tune certain aspects, specifically based on your feedback. Please let us know what you think, either by sending us a message or reaching out on Twitter or Instagram.
- People have asked us to come to talk at their schools and in their communities. This is exactly what we want to do, we just don’t have a program finalized yet! Email us here to be the first to be considered, and we will let you know as soon as the option becomes available.
The Hub is a directory that lists websites, organizations, and apps that are related to the topics we cover. We are categorizing sites into a user-friendly, visual directory based on the following areas: Fact-Checking, Research, Journalism, Civil Discourse, Bias Spotlight, First Amendment, Digital Citizenship, and Critical Thinking. The Hub will include searchable tags, so anyone browsing will be able to find what they need quickly, without having to do as much leg work. In sticking with the theme of Not So Fast, we are continuing to work on our Hub. Creating the Hub is a pretty huge task, and we are taking our time with it. We welcome any suggestions regarding your favorite sites or apps related to the above-listed areas of media literacy.
We have also been getting a lot of questions about how you can get involved with the campaign, whether it is spreading the word or working directly with us.
- You are ALWAYS welcome to spread the word and share whatever resources we make available. We are so grateful for your interest!
- In terms of working directly with the campaign, we are keeping it small for now but, if all goes well, we will eventually expand our team. Fill this out so we can let you know when we’re ready!
- We are always accepting help in creating content. If you’d like to write a piece for our site, create graphics, or have other ideas, please let us know!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and explore the site. The creation of this campaign has been a labor of love, and we hope that the passion we feel towards these topics resonates with you! -Lindsay and Bailey