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National News Literacy Week

Jan 25 — Jan 29, 2021

Are you news-literate?

News literacy is the ability to determine the credibility of news and other content, to identify different types of information, and to use the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism to determine what to trust, share and 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.


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In case you missed it

Congratulations to our student PSA contest winners!

We asked our Checkology® virtual classroom students across the country to submit a 30-second video PSA related to the week’s theme: get NewsLit fit. The contest challenged young people to think creatively and promote news literacy among their peers. Watch the short videos below to understand the need for news literacy education through the eyes of our two student winners, both of whom are seniors in Lisa Ruehlow’s Media Literacy class at Amery High School in Wisconsin.

Nicholas Hahn, whose video featured clips from current events to demonstrate the real — and often harmful — impacts of misinformation.

Mary Mallum, whose submission used animated graphics to provide tips for parsing the false from the factual.

Check out some of the great content from Scripps.

Scripps’ ABC Action News in Tampa checked in with students they worked with for a story during National News Literacy Week last year to talk about how that experience and the events of 2020 have changed them.

Scripps journalists at FOX17 in Grand Rapids, MI, caught up with the same Rockford High School students that they worked with during News Literacy Week last year.

Scripps’ WXYZ in Detroit reporters explain what a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request is and how you can file one in Michigan.

Pledge to get NewsLit fit in 2021

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The News Literacy Project is a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs.