Resources and Links

Looking for information on news literacy? Need curriculum or teaching ideas? Check out these resources:

Why News Matters

A new grantmaking program designed to enhance news literacy skills and programs in Chicago will invest as much as six million dollars in the next three years >>

The News Literacy Project

An educational program that gives instructors the resources they need to incorporate news literacy into their programs by providing reference materials, expert guest speakers and instructor coaching. >>

News Literacy Project Evaluation

Stony Brook University

News literacy curriculum and teaching resources available to educators. >>

The Newseum

The Newseum is beta testing a digital classroom that contains video resources and lesson plans for news literacy.

The NewsTrust

An online platform that provides credibility rating tools for digital news. The site also has a classroom news group feature for teachers to discuss and share news.

Baruch College

Prof. Geanne Rosenberg of Baruch College directed the November 2010 Inaugural High School news literacy summit for New York City high school students, educators and observers from journalism and youth media institutions. Check out the News Literacy Learning Goals that came out of the convening.

News Literacy

A growing sector of the U.S. population does not distinguish between professional journalists, information spinners and citizen voices. The 24/7 news cycle and digital advances in disseminating information serve to further exacerbate this challenging situation.

Our News Literacy goals are to educate and energize citizens—especially students—about the value of news and assist them in developing a framework for assessing information. In partnership with our grantees, we aim to help citizens increase their ability to find critical information and develop a sense of ethics as digital citizens and media makers. We believe that the process begins as early as middle school and touches new Americans and under-served populations with the ultimate goal of a more engaged, informed citizenry. Our research and analysis show news literacy programs provide:
  • A frame of reference to distinguish fact from fiction, opinion or propaganda.
  • An understanding of the First Amendment, the role of a free, independent media and the importance of journalistic values.
  • A curiosity to seek information and better understand communities, country and international affairs.
  • Help in navigating the myriad sources of digital information in a more skeptical and informed manner.
  • A foundation for exercising civility, respect and care in the exchange of information
These priorities are especially important to youth as they seek to collect, analyze and produce credible information. Thus, to be news literate is to build knowledge, think critically, act civilly and participate in the democratic process.



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