Questions Matter resources

‘Questions Matter’ is a magazine written for adult learners to build knowledge, understanding and confidence in critical thinking in today’s media and digital world.

On this page you can find links to all the resources used in the magazine.

The magazine was published by 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

It was created as part of a project to develop a microlearning course, supported by Bray Adult Learning Centre, Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board and Bray Area Partnership. The project was funded by the Adult Literacy for Life Collaboration and Innovation Fund. Find out more about the project at the 80:20 website.

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See the Be Media Smart campaign by Media Literacy Ireland online.

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Look at this video ‘Why we don’t say “f***news”‘ from the media literacy organisation First Draft.

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Look at this YouTube video ‘Unbelievable Flight Landing’.

To find out more now read this article by Newshub online.

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Read more about the reaction to this piece in The Guardian online.

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Look at this 3-minute YouTube video where a Canadian news agency describes their editorial process.

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You can read more about the survey in this article ‘80% of people believe fake news “a problem for democracy’ — EU study”‘ by Euronews.

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Read this article ‘Who controls your Facebook feed’ by Will Ormus, The Slate (January 3, 2016).

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Read this article ‘The poison in our politics runs deeper than dodgy data’ by Gary Younge, The Guardian (March 22, 2018).

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Watch this video from Shout Out UK ‘How to understand Misinformation, Disinformation and Malinformation’.

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View the #HerNetHerRights resource pack by the European Women’s Lobby.

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Read this article ‘How to deal with internet trolls’ by Spunout.

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Watch this video Facts Matter by fact-checking journalists about International Fact Checking Day on 2 April.

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Read this article ‘Debunked: The official US women’s soccer team did not lose 12-0 to a team of Wrexham “veterans”‘ from

Read about the Journal Fact Check unit who check factual claims made by public figures or organisations about topical issues. They also check or debunk memes, online hoaxes, rumours and viral content.

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Read this article from The Guardian ‘A tale of two press releases: what’s behind the Guardian and Mail’s contrasting refugee stories?’.

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Read a story of your choice from the 9 at 9 section on

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  • Check the domain owner information from, for example, the WHOIS service online.
  • Verify the authenticity of the images (is it real?) by using, for example, Google reverse image search. You can upload an image and it gives you search results with more details.

First Draft has an excellent Verification Toolbox to help you to verify images, links and videos.

Check also the free verification tools offered by InVid.

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Source: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

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Read this article by USA Today ‘Fact check: U.N. Agenda 21/2030 ‘New World Order’ is not a real document’.

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Watch this video ‘How AI Image Generators Make Bias Worse’ by the LIS — The London Interdisciplinary School.

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  1. Learn some tips – Visit the Be Media Smart campaign website by Media Literacy Ireland to learn more about the Stop, Think, Check method to help find accurate and reliable information.
  2. Watch a TED Talk – Watch this short TED talk video ‘Beware online “filter bubbles”‘ by author and organiser Eli Pariser.
  3. Look up a FactCheck service – Explore articles from the FactCheck Unit on, updated regularly.
  4. Watch a documentary – Watch ‘The Great Hack’ (2019) on Netflix.
  5. Learn how to de-escalate (calm a situation down) – Look to the Irish Network Against Racism for useful information.
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