Position: News Literacy Ambassador
The mission of the News Literacy Project (NLP) is to embed news literacy into the American education experience. To assist in this work, NLP launched its News Literacy Ambassador Program, a central part of our educator network. We are now seeking candidates to serve as ambassadors.
We are accepting applications from educators in the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Colorado, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Texas to join the current cohort located in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Seattle, Sharon, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. The deadline has been extended to Sept. 26, 2021.
This part-time role requires a two-year commitment: October 2021 through June 30, 2022, and October 2022 through June 2023. A stipend of $3,000 per year is provided, in addition to guided support and training. We estimate a time commitment of approximately eight hours per month.
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. During the 2020-21 school year, over 2,700 educators used Checkology, with more than 100,000 students in all 50 states and 32 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 launched NewsLit Nation in 2021, the official home for our 40,000-plus-member community of teachers and librarians, and the News Literacy Ambassador Program. Both initiatives are part of a regional movement-building model designed around hub cities to mobilize news literacy advocates for systemic change. The overall goal is for ambassadors to champion news literacy education at the local level.
The educator network includes a user-friendly platform that allows educators to come together beyond geographic borders, participate in professional learning opportunities, and access early-bird registration for training events. The network also provides educators the opportunity to learn best practices from others in the field, with availability to exclusive resources, support and incentives.
About the Ambassador Program
NLP is seeking ambassadors in key cities to build a local footprint for regional organizing efforts in the fight against misinformation. We know that diversity strengthens and grows communities. Through the News Literacy Educator Network, we are intentionally nurturing a diverse and inclusive community that serves all educators and students. In order to reach as many young people as possible, we must provide news literacy resources that represent and are accessible to a great variety of teachers and students. NLP’s news literacy ambassadors should be embedded in their communities and comfortable speaking to and being advocates for those in under-resourced communities that flourish with additional support, access and resources.
In this role, you will
- Reside and/or work in:
- The San Francisco Bay Area
- Texas: Note that the ambassador role is already satisfied in Houston.
- Plan and execute two free regional events per year, with NLP’s support.
- Have the ability to virtually attend the initial kick-off event in October, two ambassador-specific training events, monthly one-on-one meetings, and occasional group gatherings.
- Help NLP recruit, turn out and develop network members from local school districts.
- Identify topical 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, key stakeholders and decision-makers in your city.
An ambassador is a paid (stipend) local organizer invested in the mission of NLP and the goals of the educator network. NLP supports ambassadors with a toolkit of various NLP assets: one-pagers, talking points, webinars and first-look access into any NLP collateral.
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 or regions 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. We encourage applications from public school educators at the middle and high school level. Lastly, this role values relationship building and creativity as means to achieve our mission.
To apply please follow this link for the ambassador application.