NewsLit Nation Insider: What we’re looking forward to in 2022

Here at the News Literacy Project, we’re looking forward to starting off 2022 in a big way. We’re pleased to announce our third National News Literacy Week (NNLW) will be held Jan. 24 to 28. NNLW is an annual event presented by NLP in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company. NNLW raises awareness of news literacy as an essential life skill and provides educators, students and the public with easy-to-adopt tools and tips for becoming news-literate.
This year’s NNLW theme is “Care before you share,” and the week will include a series of events, including a national NewsLitCamp®, to help you, your students, and your friends and family members become more news-literate in simple and engaging ways.

And congrats to our November giveaway winners! We’re taking a break in December but will return with a contest in January. Please head to NewsLit Nation so you don’t miss a thing. Entering is easy; you’ll find the details in the forum.

As always, we welcome your input as we develop new resources; just reply to this email ([email protected]) with feedback or suggestions!

Happy holidays,
Miriam Romais

Call for nominations: News Literacy Change-Maker Awards
Do you know an outstanding BIPOC/AAPI young woman who has particularly benefited from learning and practicing news literacy? Do you know a classroom teacher, librarian or other educator who is passionate about ensuring students can sort fact from fiction in today’s complex information landscape? If so, consider nominating them to become one of NLP’s 2022 News Literacy Change-Makers. We’ll select the awardees in June, when we celebrate with a special event. To nominate a student, please send us this form, and include a written endorsement. To nominate an educator, please complete this form. (Educators may self-nominate.)
💻  Digital citizenship study for 6th grade
RAND Corporation and Common Sense Education are looking for middle schools interested in participating in a research and evaluation study on digital citizenship. Teachers are asked to attend a one-hour online curriculum training, implement six lessons over a six-week period in fall 2022, and share take-home resources with families. They also can participate in interviews about their experiences. Students complete two online assessments and are invited to take part in focus groups. RAND will also observe some classrooms. Interested? Register here.

NewsLitCamp is starting the new year strong, with exciting opportunities to hone your misinformation-fighting skills. These free, day-long professional learning events are designed exclusively for educators to bring critical news literacy education into the classroom.

Jan. 25: NewsLitCamp Gwinnett County, Georgia
Calling all Metro Atlanta-area educators! This event is open to all educators in Gwinnett County and is being offered in partnership with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett County Public Schools. Register here.

Jan. 27: National NewsLitCamp
Exclusive: Early-bird registration for our next NewsLit Camp opens today — just for you! Join us for a NewsLitCamp for educators across the country as part of National News Literacy Week (Jan. 24–28). This professional learning event will focus on misinformation — what it is, how it spreads and how you can empower your students to understand and avoid it. Register today.

Apply to host a NewsLitCamp
Have you ever wished your school district offered a NewsLitCamp? We’re seeking proposals from potential partner districts, along with local newsrooms (in-person or virtual). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, thanks to funding from the Google News Initiative. Apply today!
💬  Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m. ET: National News Literacy Week #NLPchat
Join @NewsLitProject team members and NewsLit Nation ambassadors from across the country for a Twitter chat from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. We'll discuss effective methods for teaching news literacy and why understanding how journalism works is essential to being news-literate. To take part, simply follow @NewsLitProject and #NLPChat during the chat and add your voice to the discussion.

New Checkology® challenge: “Know Your Rights: What Freedoms Does the First Amendment Protect?”
This Checkology challenge reinforces students’ understanding of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment and requires them to identify scenarios that illustrate specific freedoms in action.

News Goggles is back!
News Goggles is now offered in a classroom-ready video format with viewing guides for students. This regular feature in The Sift® newsletter is designed to help students think like reporters while reading news coverage. Be sure to check out our conversations with journalists from Colorado Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune and Oklahoma Watch. You can find previous News Goggles in NLP’s NewsLit Nation Resource Library under “Classroom Activities.”
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