Angelina Jolie is producing a TV show that will teach teens how to spot “fake news” — and we kind of love her for it.
Despite her work on movies like Maleficent 2 and Marvel’s Eternals, Angelina Jolie still makes time to make a political statement — and she’s currently planning to do that by becoming the executive producer for a new television series with BBC. Co-producing the series with her will be Microsoft Education. The show, entitled BBC My World, has one important goal in mind: to help teenagers read and watch news critically, enabling them to identify dependable sources and spot “fake news” when they see it.
In an increasingly plugged-in world, where more or less anyone can post information on the internet, Jolie’s efforts to ensure that young people can tell the difference between facts and lies are inspiring. Given that Americans are losing trust in media sources, this series could also help hold news outlets accountable — and perhaps alter the way consumers regard journalism.
In a statement, the actress herself spoke about how she believes it’s crucial to give teenagers this sort of knowledge and support, particularly given that she’s a parent herself. Jolie has six children, and it seems she’d like them to have the tools BBC is giving its audiences when they tune into this series.
“I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them, drawing on the BBC World Service’s network of thousands of journalists and multiple language services around the world,” Jolie explained.
BBC My World will air on BBC World News at 11:30 a.m. ET, and each episode of the program will be a half-hour long and contain a learning segment. Each installment will also be made available on YouTube and through BBC iPlayer, and accompanying lesson plans will be released by Microsoft Education.
There’s no set release date for BBC My World just yet, but the sooner it arrives, the better. After all, there’s so much happening in the world — and the sooner teens are able to make sense of it all, the better.