News Goggles: Flora Peir, The 19th*

Grades: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12+

News Goggles is back with fresh news literacy insights and a behind-the-scenes look at news coverage. Ever wonder how journalists see news? Put on a pair of “news goggles” to find out!

In this video, we talk to news editor Flora Peir of The 19th*, a nonprofit newsroom that reports on gender, politics and policy. Peir discusses how headlines get written in a newsroom and the purpose they serve. We examine some common features of headlines and discuss what might compel a news organization to change, update or correct a headline after it has been published. We also define “clickbait” and consider how a headline’s tone and word choice can call the credibility of a source into question. Grab your news goggles!

Note: You can explore previous News Goggles videos, annotations and activities in NLP’s Resource Library under “Classroom Activities.”


Idea: Contact a journalist using NLP’s Newsroom to Classroom program and ask them about the role of headlines in news coverage.

Dig Deeper: Use this viewing guide for the featured News Goggles video to help students take notes on interpreting news headlines.

News Goggles annotations and activities provide news literacy takeaways on timely topics. These resources feature examples of actual news coverage, including full news reports, headlines, breaking news alerts or excerpts.

This video originally appeared in the Dec. 11, 2023, issue of The Sift® newsletter for educators, which explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses journalism and press freedom topics and examines social media trends and issues. Read archives of the newsletter and subscribe here. Stock music in this video was provided by SoundKit from Pond5.

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