Wednesday, December 14, 2011

PBS "Newshour" Reports on News Literacy Project

by David Hiller, President & CEO

PBS Newshour aired an excellent piece last evening on one of our grantees, the News Literacy Project (NLP). NLP helps kids in middle schools and high schools become smart consumers of news and information—and distinguish fact from fiction, news from noise, in all the media they are deluged with every day. Knowing who and what to believe can be a real challenge, particularly for young people. So NLP mobilizes seasoned journalists to help students develop critical thinking skills.

Over the past three years, we’ve worked with Alan Miller, NLP’s founder, to bring the program to Chicago area schools. NLP is currently in ten middle and high schools and partners with 17 community organizations in Chicago, reaching nearly 1,500 kids. Nationally, in 2011, NLP has worked with 25 teachers in four cities to reach more than 2,000 students. If you missed the Newshour segment, which was titled News Literacy Project Training Young People To Be Skeptical Media Consumers, check it out.

If you’re interested in knowing more about news literacy, or sharing your views on the topic, you can find additional information on our website.

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