League of Women Voters and College of Wooster Host Media Literacy Event

the Russian invasion of Ukraine proved just how chaotic the news cycle can get.

With each passing hour, new information was breaking out and reporters and editors were rushing to update stories.

With so much content to consume from so many sources, it can be difficult to verify which information is correct, said Mosheh Oinounou, a veteran journalist.

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With a career ranging from reporting to executive producing at outlets like Fox News, “CBS Evening News,” CBSN and Bloomberg Television, Oinounou has a solution.

From her own Instagram news aggregate to advice on how to be critical of news sources, Oinounou will speak at the College of Wooster on how best to navigate the news cycle.

The event, organized by the League of Women Voters and the College of Wooster’s Department of Political Science, is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall at the Scheide Music Center.

“Much of the civil discourse has become polarized, and we at the League of Women Voters believe that being better informed helps bridge that divide,” said league member Brenda Linnick, whose son went to university with Oinounou.

Oinounou: Why navigating the news cycle can be difficult

Poster for the upcoming League of Women Voters event featuring journalist Mosheh Oinounou.

The information cycle is constantly changing. With so many options, it can become overwhelming and difficult to weed out good and bad information, Oinounou said.

So many people are busy. There’s no time to research and come to a full understanding of a situation with a family at home and a full-time job, he said.

Social media is often used, but sites like Facebook curate news based on an algorithm they know a user will like. This leads to the same perspective in the news, an often not entirely accurate perspective.

Then there is human error.

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” Everybody makes mistakes ; some journalists are doing a good job, some are not,” Oinounou said.

His solution is his Instagram account and newsletter news aggregation: News of the month @mosheh.

Oinounou does his own reporting and fact-checking, but he marries it with content he trusts from other outlets.

“I don’t want to regurgitate bad headlines and bad reports,” he said. “I try to bring a step back on the events of the day and a landscape of the points of sale.”

Its goal is to collect the most complete and accurate stories, with links and interviews, he said.

“I want to provide people with the tools they can use to consume information,” Oinounou said.

A League of Women Voters and College of Wooster event

Angie Bos is Vice President of the League of Women Voters and Professor of Political Science at the College of Wooster.

The idea to invite Oinounou to Wooster came from a league survey of its members, Bos said.

Some of the most frequently asked questions include: “How do we know that the information we consume is accurate?” she says.

Bos said it aligned with the league’s goal of educating people on how to be good citizens, regardless of their political affiliation.

And as a teacher, she understands that the internet is full of information, accurate or not.

“I teach my students about media and the complex media landscape,” Bos said. She wants to make this information accessible to more people.

“It’s the next generation who will lead our country one day,” she said.

To learn more about the event, visit the League of Women Voters of Wayne County website.

To follow Oinounou, visit his website, Mo Digital and his Instagram account, Mo News.

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