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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.
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88% of Americans say the prevalence of “fake news” has left them confused about even basic facts.
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80% of U.S. middle school students can’t tell the difference between “sponsored content” (advertising) and a news article.
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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

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.

Students who have completed our lessons show significant changes in how they read and interact with the news; they also have a greater understanding of the role of a free press in a democracy. Most can tell the difference among news, advertising and misinformation. Here’s what we learned from Checkology students in the 2017-18 school year:

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

93% are more confident in their ability to detect misinformation.

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

81% are more likely to become more civically engaged.

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

80% are more likely to correct misinformation they see online.

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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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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.

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