Paul Saltzman is the investigative news editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. He joined the Sun-Times in 1999 from the Miami Herald, where he was on the editing and reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath. He has held several positions in the Sun-Times newsroom, including city editor, Sunday editor and assistant managing editor for projects, and stories he has edited have won the Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, the National Headliner Award for investigative reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Sigma Delta Chi Award for breaking news coverage and the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award. He was the founding news editor of Red Streak, a Sun-Times spinoff targeted to younger readers and published from 2002 to 2005.
The News Literacy Project’s participating media organizations and journalists are essential to our work of helping students understand the world around them. These partners endorse our mission, inform their journalists of the opportunity to volunteer with us and donate a variety of services. NLP works with more than 30 news organizations across the United States — from local outlets to internationally known publications — and their journalists have signed up for our journalist volunteer program.
Is your news organization interested in partnering with NLP? Contact Damaso Reyes, director of partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yamiche is the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She joined PBS in 2017 from The New York Times, where she covered politics and social justice issues and reported on the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Earlier in her career she was a national breaking news reporter at USA Today, where she covered the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, the slaying of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and anti-police protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and Baltimore in 2015.
Ginger covers the stories of working America as a reporter and columnist for the New York Daily News’ “On the Job” beat. She joined the Daily News, where she has also worked on the rewrite desk and as an editor, in 2012 from the New York Post, where she spent five years as a reporter and assigning editor. She began her journalism career as a freelance reporter for the Village Voice and has also worked as a reporter, anchor and producer at WNYC, New York City’s public radio station, and at Newsweek on Air, a weekly radio magazine. She has written and researched a number of guidebooks for Lonely Planet and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Ginger is the author of the 2015 book Firefight: The Century-Long Battle to Integrate New York’s Bravest, an in-depth look at the struggle of black firefighters to join the ranks of the Fire Department of New York, which was more than 90 percent white for almost 150 years.
Educators with Checkology® Premium accounts will soon have access to our journalist directory to arrange classroom visits from one of our journalist volunteers, either in person or virtually, as part of our Newsroom to Classroom program.
"ABC News is proud to support the mission of the News Literacy Project," ABC News President Ben Sherwood said. "Theirs is a program that teaches students critical thinking and how to make sense of the constant flow of information in the digital world. Becoming discerning, engaged news consumers will ultimately make their voices and opinions more powerful."
New York, NY
“Maintaining and expanding news literacy in the digital age is one of the vital challenges facing democratic societies," said John Daniszewski, vice president for international news at The Associated Press. "Unless new generations are able to consume news critically and to understand the issues that shape public policies and debate, democracy will suffer and ignorance will spread. The Associated Press heartily supports the goals and the mission of the News Literacy Project.’’
New York, NY
"Robust and successful economies, markets and companies are built on and supported by a vigorous press," said Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News. "Bloomberg News is proud to help students to understand the vital role journalism plays in improving the lives of millions around the globe by increasing transparency and accountability."
New York, NY
"BuzzFeed is honored to partner with NLP to help educate and empower young students to engage in critical thinking, objectivity and reporting," said Joel Greengrass, BuzzFeed’s senior vice president of Super Human Resources. "Now more than ever, equipping young students and aspiring journalists with the skills they need to report thoughtfully and become informed citizens is paramount."
New York, NY
“In an increasingly complex world, critical thinking is an important tool for every student,” said Jim Kirk, publisher/editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times. “That's why the News Literacy Project is so important. The Sun-Times is happy to partner with NLP to encourage a new generation to become well-informed readers and citizens.”
“The Chicago Tribune is pleased to partner with the News Literacy Project and looks forward to helping the students and teachers at the participating schools,’’ said Gerould W. Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune. “The mission of the News Literacy Project complements the aims of our newsroom and the volunteer work already being done by many on our staff.”
"CNN is pleased to partner with the News Literacy Project in promoting a greater understanding of credible and accurate journalism," said Jim Walton, former president of CNN Worldwide. "With the explosion of news outlets and websites on the Internet, it is more critical than ever for all audiences, and especially younger audiences, to have tools to make the most informed choices."
"The Financial Times is delighted to partner with the News Literacy Project," said Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. "We believe in quality journalism and enthusiastically support NLP's mission to teach students to identify accurate information and become engaged and informed citizens. This is a mission which is more important now than ever before."
New York, NY
"We want to train the next generation of journalists and empower them to tell stories often overlooked by mainstream media," said Maria Hinojosa, president and CEO of Futuro Media Group. "The News Literacy Project helps young people to understand how to discern real news from hype and sensationalism and to become smart and informed about the constantly changing media field. Futuro Media is proud to partner with a program fostering powerful, authentic journalism."
Futuro Media Group
New York, NY
“Reporters and editors at the Houston Chronicle pride themselves on journalism that is fair, nonpartisan and objective, and they're keen on helping teach Houston's students why that’s critical in a democratic society,” said Nancy Barnes, the paper’s editor and executive vice president for news. “For our staff members, working to preach the News Literacy Project's mantra — ‘check it out’ — is a natural extension of what they do every day.”
“The Los Angeles Times is delighted to join with the News Literacy Project as it comes to Southern California,” said Jim Newton, the paper’s editor-at-large. “Critical thinking is the essence of news reporting, and it stands at the heart of an informed electorate and a democratic society,” he said. “We’re eager to do our part, in partnership with the project, in conveying that to the young people of this region.”
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, CA
“As journalists, we’re inspired by this exciting and ground-breaking digital age,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. “In our new world of instant and unlimited information, it has never been more critical for the fundamental tenets of sound journalism to remain intact. We are proud to support the News Literacy Project and its mission to educate students about the importance of being informed news consumers and teaching them the proper skills to discern fact from fiction in this vast media landscape.”
New York, NY
"At The New York Times, our mission is to enhance society by creating and distributing high-quality news and information," said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and CEO of The New York Times Company. "For that reason, we are delighted to support the News Literacy Project, which does a terrific job in encouraging students to become more informed citizens while giving them the ability to discern credible, verified and fairly presented information amid the multitude of sources that are available to them."
The New York Times
New York, NY
“As more journalism moves to digital platforms, the Online News Association creates, encourages and supports efforts to ensure that the quality of news remains high,” said Christine Montgomery, former president of the board of directors of the Online News Association. “The News Literacy Project performs an invaluable service using admirable methods—uniting journalists with students who are the news producers and consumers of tomorrow.”
Online News Association
“The News Literacy Project fosters precisely the kind of careful analysis of the news that students of all ages need to practice in an era when the avalanche of information available about public affairs threatens to bury the citizenry,” said Bill Marimow, the editor of the Inquirer. “In teaching middle school and high school students how to search for truth in the digital age, NLP is performing a vital public service. Equally important, NLP’s work will inspire students to read and absorb information about our democracy and participate knowedgably in elections.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a simple, but vital, mission: Teach students to think critically about the endless mass of information available at their fingertips," said Jim VandeHei, president and CEO of POLITICO. "The News Literacy Project empowers them to be their own content editors; to separate fact from fiction; to recognize the spin. POLITICO enthusiastically supports NLP's efforts to help a new generation of content consumers cut through the digital noise."
“News literacy is vital to our democracy,” said Paul Steiger, executive chairman of the board of directors of ProPublica. “We at ProPublica are delighted to support the important efforts of the News Literacy Project to help students—the readers, users and voters of tomorrow—to discern quality journalism when they see it, and to seek it out when they don’t.”
New York, NY
“The Pulitzer Center is committed to producing quality journalism and fostering an appetite for global reporting among the next generation,” said Jon Sawyer, the Center’s executive director. “We are pleased to support the News Literacy Project’s work to help students become more informed consumers of media.”
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
“Reuters is proud to be part of this initiative,” said Martin Howell, top news editor and deputy editor for the Americas. “It is essential that new generations not only know about the importance of a thriving and diverse media industry but that they can also tell the difference between opinion-based and fact-based journalism. Our journalists understand the importance of sharing their experience and tackling these critical questions with students and do so in many parts of the world.”
New York, NY
“The News Literacy Project has a mission that Slate is very pleased to support,” said John Alderman, publisher of Slate and general manager of The Slate Group. “As the media landscape multiplies in size and complexity, helping students navigate and vet information sources is more vital than ever.”
New York, NY
“Southern California Public Radio has a core focus on making sense of news, so we’re proud to support an endeavor helping a new generation of citizens and future leaders navigate a confusing and noisy information era,” said Bill Davis, president and CEO of Southern California Public Radio/KPCC, which is based in Pasadena. “These skills apply not just to being able to identify credible news sources but also to interpreting the growing flood of information and storytelling being put forward by marketers, political interest groups and corporations. The News Literacy Project’s goals and curricula offer the basis for people to develop knowledge, and through knowledge to be empowered citizens.”
Southern California Public Radio/KPCC
“We are honored to partner with the News Literacy Project and leverage our world-class Univision News organization to help students across the country understand the importance and value of news consumption in their educational development,” said Isaac Lee, Univision’s president of news. “This collaboration extends our mission of informing, entertaining and empowering our community.”
“In the chaotic, real-time news world we all live in, the perception that the news media is untrustworthy can be a serious threat to our national discussion, if not our democracy,” said David Callaway, editor-in-chief of USA Today. “The News Literacy Project offers young minds a different point of view by combining teachers, working journalists and the students themselves to study and dissect actual news events to explain how—and why the media operates. It’s a form of reader integration long overdue.”
"We are incredibly proud to work with the News Literacy Project,” said Jason Mojica, editor-in-chief of Vice News. “This effort meshes perfectly with the philosophy of Vice News — think critically and ask great questions. We can’t wait to work with these students and future great journalists.”
New York, NY
"We've entered a period of incredible access to information, but it comes with a price: It's easier than ever to manipulate or mislead with false information," said Melissa Bell, vice president for growth and analytics at Vox Media. "It's an imperative for us at Vox Media across all of our brands to combat that by helping today's readers access trustworthy information about the world around them. That's why we're excited to partner with NLP in its effort to equip young readers with the tools they need to be informed, discerning readers of the news today."
“The Wall Street Journal is committed to the notion that democracy can exist only where there is a robust and free press to examine and question the motives and practices of the powerful,” said Jim Pensiero, Editor, Talent, at the Journal. “By helping to educate the young on the need and value of a free press, the News Literacy Project advances that notion.”
The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY
“At a time when young people are being inundated with information from an unlimited number of sources, the News Literacy Project promotes critical thinking and gives students the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction,” said Katharine Weymouth, former publisher and CEO of The Washington Post. “The Washington Post is proud to partner with a program that is turning this next generation into well-informed citizens.”
The Washington Post
“In this new media age, the old, basic tenets of journalism are as important as ever,” said Mike McMearty, news director of WTOP. “If the News Literacy Project can instill the values of objective, fact-based journalism into the minds of our young students, then the staff at WTOP Radio can only stand and applaud the effort.”