Beyond the classroom
Give Facts a Fighting Chance: A Global Playbook for Teaching News Literacy is NLP’s free, comprehensive resource for organizations worldwide as they develop or expand locally relevant programs to combat the scourge of misinformation.
The Global Playbook provides a road map for developing a news literacy education curriculum, including advice on the logistics of establishing a program, ideas for building engaging and culturally relevant lessons, and the importance of assessing results.
It offers a brief history of misinformation, disinformation and “fake news,” using real-world examples, and discusses the standards of quality journalism and the vital role of the press in a free society. It also includes a collection of best practices in news literacy education, along with a listing of geographically relevant news literacy resources.
It was funded by the Facebook Journalism Project.
Libraries are an important conduit for news literacy lessons, and the News Literacy Project works with libraries around the country to reach learners outside the classroom.
The News Literacy Project has growing partnerships with two of the largest public library systems in the United States. The New York Public Library (NYPL) has expressed considerable interest in using the Checkology® virtual classroom in its after-school programs around the city. During the spring of 2017, NYPL used the platform with about 50 students in three sites as part of a pilot program with its Middle School Innovation Labs.
Our staff members have also presented an in-depth demonstration of the platform to 10 NYPL staff members associated with the Out-of-School Time program. “We’re excited to continue using the Checkology virtual classroom at NYPL branches around the city,” said Siva Ramakrishnan, the program’s associate director. We’re continuing to work with NYPL staff to expand our partnership to more branch libraries in 2018.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) offered instruction using the virtual classroom at six branches during the summer of 2017, taking a variety of approaches. Several branches offered it as an intensive camp, with five to 10 teenagers participating. Others offered it weekly, with four to eight students participating. At one branch MDPLS provided instruction on the platform to adults, and the participants discussed what they learned with each other and asked questions of the librarians. Overall, more than 60 students and adults took part in the pilot program.
MDPLS is taking a bottom-up approach, making staff aware of the virtual classroom and offering multiple professional development opportunities to their librarians. MDPLS is continuing its pilot program in the first half of 2018 by offering news literacy courses at four additional branches. We hope to see widespread adoption of the virtual classroom within MDPLS branches in the near future.
In both cities, NLP has found receptive partners and conducted successful pilot programs. Our experience has shown that libraries and librarians are natural conduits for news literacy education, since they are in a position to reach individuals and groups who otherwise may not be exposed to this vital tool for 21st-century citizenship.
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