of U.S. adults surveyed could correctly classify all five factual statements presented to them.
of U.S. adults surveyed could correctly classify all five opinion statements presented to them.
of U.S. high school students surveyed failed to challenge the credibility of an unreliable source.
Even the most sophisticated audiences find it hard to distinguish between legitimate news — information gathered in a dispassionate search for facts — and materials that are created to persuade, sell, mislead or exploit.
News literacy: News literacy is a foundational approach to media literacy identified by:
- A pedagogy that seeks to teach learners how to think about their news and information and not what to think about any particular source.
- An emphasis on developing a healthy skepticism about news and information, without becoming cynical.
- A dedication to the First Amendment and the conviction that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy.
- A nonpartisan focus on specific, clear learning standards.
Our mission: The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, is building a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy throughout American society, creating better informed, more engaged and more empowered individuals — and ultimately a stronger democracy.
Our vision: News literacy is an integral part of American life, and people of all ages and backgrounds know how to identify credible news and other information and understand the indispensable role a free press has in a democracy, empowering them to play a more equal and active role in the civic life of the country.
What we believe
We are living in the most challenging and complex information landscape in history. News literacy education empowers people with skills to successfully navigate this landscape. People who are exposed to the News Literacy Project’s programs learn how to identify what they can trust, share and act on, and they become better-informed, more engaged and more equal participants in the civic life of their community, their country and the world.
We believe that the standards and ideals of fact-based journalism — especially the process of verification — are the best means by which to measure the credibility of news and other information. We also recognize that verifiable information includes research, data, context and reliable sources as key elements in formulating facts.
Our commitment to the First Amendment is absolute. We cannot sustain our democracy — nor build a more equitable future — without full access to facts and credible information that comes from a variety of sources representing a full range of experiences and viewpoints.
How we achieve what we believe
Because information today is shaped by constant change, including in the creation and distribution of misinformation and disinformation, we continuously work to improve our programs and resources to produce tools that are consistently useful for all communities.
We are independent and rigorously nonpartisan. Our audience can trust that NLP has final approval of the content of our programs and resources, which teach people how to think, not what to think. Educators can trust that we focus on the resources and skills that students need to master news literacy. We recommend that educators, students and the general public go to standards-based media organizations for reliable information, but we do not endorse specific news outlets.
Our work culture embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure a plurality of perspectives and agency. By prioritizing inclusion and belonging among our staff, board, partners and schools, we produce more resonant and representative programs for educators, students and the public, whoever and wherever they are.
We collaborate with educators to meet their needs in teaching news literacy, and we partner with educational, media and other organizations to expand our reach and impact beyond the classroom. We welcome input from teachers, journalists and other experts — and from all who share our commitment to facts, fairness and civic engagement. Through this collaboration, we aim to learn from and connect with individuals and groups that represent a wide range of identities, life experiences and perspectives.
Our programs work.
94% of teachers said in a survey that Checkology was better than other e-learning tools they have used in the classroom. We also measure students’ knowledge before and after they complete Checkology lessons. During the 2020-2021 school year, after completing Checkology lessons:
61% Nearly two-thirds of students could correctly identify the traits of quality journalism.
81% Eight in 10 students could correctly identify the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
2x The number of students demonstrating an understanding of the watchdog role of the press more than doubled.
Explore our services
Educators: Check out our Checkology® virtual classroom, NewsLitCamp® and other resources.
Browse our tools
Learners of all ages: Get smart about news with our tips and tricks, and test your skills with quizzes for the classroom and beyond.
Support our work
We want every student to develop an appreciation of quality journalism and the skills to become an active participant in civic life. Help us make this vision a reality.