The News Literacy Project produces a free guide for developing news literacy education programs
Global Playbook can be downloaded for use anywhere in the world.
Washington, Feb. 26, 2019 — A free, comprehensive guide to developing news literacy education programs is now available worldwide. The News Literacy Project, a U.S.-based nonpartisan education nonprofit, has produced Give Facts a Fighting Chance: A Global Playbook for Teaching News Literacy to help organizations begin or expand news literacy programs to help counter the relentless spread of misinformation and disinformation. This guide was created with funding from the Facebook Journalism Project.
“We believe that news literacy education is the most effective approach to stemming the global pandemic of misinformation,” says Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. “The Global Playbook distills what the News Literacy Project has learned in a decade in news literacy education into a practical resource for developing programs that will succeed.”
“Making news literacy education accessible around the world is critical to combating the spread of misinformation,” says Julia Bain of Facebook’s News Partnerships division. “The Global Playbook is a valuable new asset to the news literacy ecosystem and will help support an informed community.”
The Global Playbook provides a road map for developing a news literacy education curriculum, including advice on the logistics of establishing a program, ideas for building engaging and culturally relevant lessons, and the importance of assessing results.
It offers a brief history of misinformation, disinformation and “fake news,” using real-world examples, and discusses the standards of quality journalism and the vital role of the press in a free society. It also includes a collection of best practices in news literacy education, along with a listing of geographically relevant news literacy resources.
About the News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project, a U.S.-based nonpartisan 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. Its signature offering is the Checkology®virtual classroom, an enhanced e-learning platform where students in middle school and high school learn the critical-thinking skills they need to assess the torrent of information that they encounter every day. Since it launched in 2016, more than 17,000 educatorsin all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and more than 100 other countries have registered to use Checkology. In 2018, support from the Facebook Journalism Project enabled the News Literacy Project to significantly expand and enhance the Checkology platform.
About the Facebook Journalism Project
Created in January 2017, the Facebook Journalism Project exists to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. FJP works to ensure quality journalism thrives by unlocking and adding value through new products, partnerships with the news industry and specific FJP programs. FJP works in three ways: collaborative development of new products, providing tools and trainings for journalists and providing tools and trainings for people.