Lina Mai

Lina Mai is an education editor at TIME Edge and a former public middle and high school teacher.

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How We Can Uphold a Free Press for a Strong Democracy

Posted by Lina Mai on May 3, 2018

The recent emphasis on fake news has created dialogue about the role of a press in a democracy.  Yet, one of the foundations of a strong democracy is freedom of the press. It ensures that well-informed citizens will be able to actively participate in their local, state, and national governments while providing a way to expose injustices. So how do we mitigate the effects of fake news while recognizing the important role journalists and the press play in helping a democracy thrive? Today, on World Press Freedom Day , we consider a few ways.
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Topics: Media Skills

Use Historical Empathy to Help Students Process the World Today

Posted by Lina Mai on March 27, 2018

Empathy can be a powerful tool for action. Just look at how students across the nation mobilized to support the victims of the Parkland school shooting. But waiting for something drastic and tragic to happen is not the way we want to build empathy in our young people. So how can we use historical empathy—or “the process of understanding people in the past by contextualizing their actions”—to help them engage with history and process their own roles in the world today?

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Topics: Empathy

When Is Fake News Propaganda? 

Posted by Lina Mai on January 29, 2018

Facebook’s recent admission that social media can have a negative influence on democracy is the most overt acknowledgment to date that the spread of fake news could have impacted the 2016 US presidential election. The recent surge of misinformation on social media for political gain is a call to action for educators to take a closer look at fake news as propaganda. But when does fake news cross that line?

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Topics: Media Skills

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