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The challenge:

It’s getting harder to separate
 fact from fiction

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The effect:

63% of people worldwide agree that the average person can’t tell good journalism from rumors or falsehoods.

88% of Americans say the prevalence of “fake news” has left them confused about even basic facts.

96% of U.S. high school students surveyed did not consider why ties between a climate change website and the fossil fuel industry might lessen that site’s credibility.

Even the most sophisticated audiences find it hard to distinguish between legitimate news — information gathered in a dispassionate search for truth — and materials that are created to persuade, sell, mislead or exploit.

The solution

News literacy: The ability to determine what is credible and what is not, to identify different types of information, and to use the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism as an aspirational measure in deciding what to trust, what to share and what to act on. Being news-literate also means recognizing the critical role of the First Amendment and a free press in a democracy and interacting with news and other information in ways that promote engaged participation in civic life.

Our mission: The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life.

Our vision: News literacy is embedded in the American middle school and high school education experience.

Our programs work.

100% of teachers using our Checkology virtual classroom agree that it improves students’ news literacy skills. And we measure students’ knowledge before and after they complete Checkology lessons. In the 2018-19 school year, we found:

GIF: 4 out of 5 students say they now know how to gather, create and use credible information.

69% More than two-thirds of students surveyed were able to identify the standards of quality journalism after completing Checkology lessons.

GIF: 4 out of 5 students learned to question what they are reading.

2x The number of students who understand the First Amendment and the watchdog role of a free press doubled after students completed Checkology lessons.

2/3 of students said they are more likely to vote when they are old enough.

68% More than two-thirds of students surveyed said they planned to become more engaged in civic issues and more active in their communities.

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Educators: Check out our Checkology® virtual classroom, NewsLitCamp® and other resources.

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Learners of all ages: Get smart about news with our tips and tricks, and test your skills with quizzes for the classroom and beyond.

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