Michael A. Spikes

Michael A. Spikes

Michael Spikes


Michael Spikes has been teaching, writing about, and developing curriculum on the subject of news media literacy and its production for more than 15 years. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a program manager for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and has taught skills in news literacy skills to audiences as varied as senior citizens in Illinois and New York to teachers and high school aged youth in Bhutan and Hong Kong.
Michael is currently working with David Rapp in the reading comprehension lab to explore assessment tools of news media and information literacy for both young people and adults.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2020 - Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowship
  • 2018 - Cognitive Science First Year Student Fellowship



Year Degree Institution
2014 MS; Education Technology Systems Management Stony Brook University
2011 BA; Mass Media University of the District of Columbia
2004 AAS; Recording Arts and Technology Cuyahoga Community College

Selected Publications

Spikes, Michael A.; Haque, Yousuf S. (September, 2014). A Case Study Combining Online Social Media and Video to Teach News Literacy. Journal of Educational Technology Systems: 99-116.

Research Interests

News media literacy education and interventions; misinformation and cognition; enactment of evaluative mindsets when consuming information 

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