Position: News literacy ambassador

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The News Literacy Project (NLP) is working to embed news literacy into the American education experience. To assist in this work, NLP is launching the News Literacy Educator Network in January 2021. The ambassador program is a central part of the network, and we are seeking candidates to serve as ambassadors. The position is not a full-time role. The commitment is approximately 8 hours/month. A stipend of $3,000 is provided for October, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

About NLP

Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that empowers educators to teach middle and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the Checkology® virtual classroom, an online e-learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in 2016, more than 25,000 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and 112 other countries.

About the News Literacy Educator Network

Educators are on the front line of the fight against misinformation. To reach our goal of embedding news literacy in the American education experience, NLP is launching a news literacy educator network. This largely virtual network will be a user-friendly tool that allows educators to come together as an online community; participate in professional development opportunities; track progress to professional development goals; and register early for training events. The network also will provide educators the opportunity to learn best practices from others in the field and to access exclusive resources, supports and incentives.

About the Ambassador Program

NLP is seeking ambassadors in key cities to build our local footprint for regional organizing efforts in the fight against misinformation. We know that diversity strengthens and grows communities. As the News Literacy Educator Network is built out, we are intentionally pursuing a diverse and inclusive community that serves all educators and students. We are ensuring that the communities we target for ambassadors, and the people recruited for this role, serve the general population of the region. The network is committed to supporting educators across the country, specifically those in low-income communities that need our resources the most. The network strategy focuses on the anchor cities outlined below and will expand as needed:

  • Los Angeles: 2 ambassadors
  • San Francisco Bay Area: 1 ambassador
  • Seattle: 1 ambassador
  • Denver: 1 ambassador
  • Houston: 2 ambassadors
  • Chicago: 1 ambassador
  • New York City: 2 ambassadors
  • Washington: 1 ambassador
  • Miami: 1 ambassador

In this role, you will

  • Work with NLP to plan and execute two regional events per year.
  • Help NLP recruit, turn out and develop network members from local school districts.
  • Identify hot organizing issues that are critical to the mission of NLP.
  • Communicate regular progress to members, NLP staff and local partners.
  • Build relationships with school administrators, district representatives and other key stakeholders and decision-makers in the city.

About you

An ambassador is a paid (stipend) local organizer invested in the mission of NLP and the goals of the network. NLP will work directly with ambassadors to launch the network in January 2021. NLP will support ambassadors with a toolkit of various NLP assets: one-pagers, talking points, webinars and first-look access into any NLP collateral in the future.

In addition to the experience and skills noted above, the successful candidate will be an experienced educator or education policymaker (retired or otherwise) in one of the anchor cities listed above. We are looking for a leader in the community with a desire to see news literacy embedded in the American education experience. This role requires a self-starter with a keen ability to follow through. Lastly, this role values relationship-building and creativity as means to achieve our mission.

To apply please fill out the form below, or click here to open the form in a new window. The application deadline is Sept. 8.

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