Senior Planet OATS webinar: ‘Exploring the Misinformation Landscape’

Register here for this free webinar from AARP/Senior Planet OATS initiative

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. ET when the News Literacy Project (NLP) presents the free webinar Exploring the Misinformation Landscape for AARP’/Senior Planet. The session, part of the Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) initiative, will help older people recognize the motivations of those who propagate misinformation online and help participants learn how to fact-check and verify basic information. NLP’s John Silva will share tips on how to be less susceptible to misinformation by becoming more news-literate, and to prioritize reliable sources of news and information.

 

 

 

edWeb Webinar: “Empowering Students with News Literacy”

The photo shows a smiling teacher looking over a student's shoulder at their laptop together. The photo has a green-to-purple gradient overlay.

Register here for this free presentation at edWeb.

When students connect strongly to what you are teaching, they become motivated to turn assignments into action. If you want to ignite a spark in your students, you won’t want to miss this edWebinar, featuring the News Literacy Project’s ambassadors. They’ll describe how their students have elevated classroom lessons to the next level. You will learn how to inspire your students as well.

During the session, we will also provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into your classroom, explain the News Literacy Project’s free educator resources, including Checkology®, and introduce you to NewsLit Nation, our virtual professional learning community (PLC) to connect with and be inspired by other educators across the nation.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the middle and high school levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

promo image for news literacy week twitter chatParticipate in a live Twitter chat with Ebonee Rice, NLP’s vice president, Educator Network, and several of our NewsLit Nation ambassadors on at #NewsLiteracyWeek.

Educators, join us to learn more about how to bring news literacy to your classrooms, to feel part of a community and to hear from reporters about how news literacy fits into their jobs.

Open to anyone who wants to connect with NLP, educators and/or journalists.

NewsLit Week | Free “What It Means To Be News Literate” Webinar

NLP is teaming up with Senior Planet to present a webinar titled “What It Means to be News Literate?” The event will serve as an introduction to news literacy for members of the Older Adults Technology Services’ organization and will give their members a better understanding of the basic concepts and skills needed to be well-informed. NLP’s John Silva will share tips on how to recognize the difference between news and opinion, identifying misinformation, evaluating evidence and using fact-checking and digital verification tools to help older adults become more discerning of the different types of information that exist.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 27 from 1 to 2pm Eastern.

To register, sign up here on Senior Planet’s website.

NewsLit Week | All educators: NewsLitCamp® with CNN Worldwide

NewsLitCamp helps teachers & librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinfo.

NewsLitCamp with CNN Worldwide

About this Event

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP) and CNN Worldwide on Jan. 26 for a national, virtual, teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with CNN television and digital journalists. This program is one in a national series of NewsLitCamps led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

Sign up here (it’s FREE!) to reserve your seat!

NewsLitCamp is a free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features live topical sessions (selected with input from participants) and educator-driven planning time to empower you to teach news literacy. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together for a day of conversations with journalists and news literacy experts. Check out our NewsLitCamp video below for a quick look at what the event can offer you.

Details

Join us for a day of free workshops and live interactions with CNN television and digital journalists along with news literacy experts from the News Literacy Project. Register now on Eventbrite (green button); educators will be later be prompted to create a free Sched.com account, which will be the home base for all of the event activities, including access to the Zoom links on the day of the event. Recordings will not be made available, so be sure to save the date!

Sessions will be held from 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and from 1:30-4:15 p.m. ET; the second session is not a repeat event.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to help teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

Participating educators will receive a certificate of attendance so they can apply for continuing education credits within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary and international educators. Please email newslitcamp@newslit.org with questions.

Bonus Session: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a free cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About CNN Worldwide

The most honored brand in cable news, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable news organization in the United States. Globally, CNN International is the most widely distributed news channel, reaching over 402 million households. CNN Digital is the #1 online news destination across all platforms, with more unique visitors, global unique visitors, mobile unique visitors, millennial unique visitors, politics visitors and video starts than any other competitor. Just in 2020, its 2Q was the most watched quarter and its -3Q was the best for digital in CNN’s 40-year history. CNN’s award-winning portfolio also includes CNN Original Series, which develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. CNN Films produces, commissions and acquires documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition, as well as for broadcast and other distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service, partnering with over 1,000 local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.

This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and made possible with the generous support of SmartNews.

Top photo: NPR’s Washington Investigative Correspondent Tim Mak with educators at NPR in Washington, D.C., 2019.

Photo Credit: Miriam Romais / The News Literacy Project.

NewsLit Week | edWeb Webinar: “Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: How to Recognize and Understand Conspiratorial Thinking”

conspiratorial thinking lesson title with image of brainIn this virtual edWebinar on Jan. 27, join subject matter expert John Silva and Shaelynn Farnsworth of the News Literacy Project for a conversation about conspiracy theories.

Register here for this free presentation at edWeb.

Conspiracy theories are rampant on social media, particularly related to hyperpartisan political beliefs as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. More importantly, though, the thought processes, cognitive dissonance and biases that lead to beliefs in conspiracy theories are even more common. Most of us engage in some form of conspiratorial thinking regularly, yet somehow don’t fall victim to belief in one or more conspiracy theories. What’s different about people who do?

This edWebinar explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways conspiracy theories exploit emotions as well as how they fill emotional needs. As part of this session, we will also provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into your curriculum, including our new, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology virtual classroom.

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders of the middle school through higher education levels. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Illinois educators: NewsLitCamp® with Chicago Defender, ProPublica Illinois, Better Government Association, Rockford Register Star and Block Club Chicago

NewsLitCamp helps teachers & librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinfo.

NLC Illinois

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP) and Chicago Public School Libraries on Feb. 5 for a virtual teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with journalists from Chicago Defender, ProPublica Illinois, Better Government Association, Rockford Register Star and Block Club Chicago. This program is part of a series of NewsLitCamp events led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

Sign up today (it’s FREE!) to reserve your seat.

NewsLitCamp is an immersive, free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) led by Illinois-based journalists and news literacy experts, and educator-driven sessions to empower you to teach news literacy. Check out our NewsLitCamp video for a quick look at what the event can offer you.

Details

Join us for a day of free workshops and interactions with Illinois journalists and experts from the News Literacy Project: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-3:45 p.m. CT (9:30 a.m-1 p.m. and 2:00-4:45 p.m. ET / 6:30-10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. PT).

Educators will be prompted in mid-January to create a Sched.com account, which will be the home base for all of the event activities, including documents and access to the Zoom links.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to help teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

Educators able to participate for the full day will receive a certificate of attendance to apply for continuing education credits within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary and international educators. Please email newslitcamp@newslit.org with questions.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a free cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About the Chicago Defender: The Chicago Defender is multi-media content provider of news, information and events that cover the interests of the urban African American community with culturally relevant content not regularly serviced by mainstream media. Founded in 1905,The Chicago Defender celebrated its 115th Anniversary in 2020 and the evolution being recognized nationally as the 2nd most widely read and best African-American Newspaper by Nielson and Essence Survey 2014.In July 2019, The Chicago Defender transitioned from a printed newspaper into a digitally-focused content platform dedicated to online editorial, premiere events, custom publishing and archival merchandising. Every day, we distribute news and information via multiple platforms. As the voice of the community for more than eleven decades, we take great pride in having access to the grassroots community as well as connections and established relationships with influencers and opinion leaders.

About the Better Government Association: The Better Government Association is a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, efficiency and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois.

About Block Club Chicago: Block Club is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Our full-time reporters are embedded in the communities they cover, allowing them to report with context, respect and with actual knowledge of a neighborhood beyond parachuting in for a “big” story or event. This ground-level approach not only builds community and trust but leads to a more accurate portrayal of a neighborhood.

About ProPublica Illinois: ProPublica Illinois is an independent nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Headquartered in Chicago, we are the first regional publishing operation of ProPublica, dedicated to stories about big issues that affect people living and working in the state of Illinois. ProPublica Illinois was founded in 2017 as a vehicle for leveraging ProPublica’s collaborative model at a regional level, with the goal of making a meaningful difference across the state. With a team of 12 reporters, editors and technologists, we are pursuing stories that hold powerful institutions to account, from politics to government to business.

About the Rockford Register Star: The Rockford Register Star has been northern Illinois’ leading source of news and information for more than 160 years. Owned by Gannett, it was created in 1979 by the merger of the Register Republic founded in 1855, and the Morning Star, founded in 1888.


This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is generously supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

 

San José educators: NewsLitCamp® with NBC Bay Area

NewsLitCamp helps teachers & librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinfo.

NewsLitCamp with NBC Bay Area

About this Event

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), the San José Public Library and NBC Bay Area on Dec. 2 and 3 for a virtual, teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with local journalists. This program is part of a series of NewsLitCamp events led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

Sign up here (it’s FREE!) to reserve your seat!

NewsLitCamp is a free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) and educator-driven planning time to empower you to teach news literacy. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together for a day of conversations with journalists and news literacy experts. Check out our NewsLitCamp video below for a quick look at what the event can offer you.

Details

Join us for several hours of free workshops and interactions with NBC Bay Area anchors, reporters and experts from the News Literacy Project. After registering on Eventbrite, educators will be prompted to create a Sched.com account, which will be the home base for all of the event activities, including access to the Zoom links on the day of the event.

Sessions will be held on Wed. and Thurs. Dec. 2 and 3 from 3-6 p.m. PT.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to help teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

Participating educators will receive a certificate of attendance so they can apply for continuing education credits within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary and international educators. Please email newslitcamp@newslit.org with questions.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a free cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About NBC Bay Area

Owned by NBC Universal, NBC Bay Area/KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late-night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week for television along with continuous news coverage at nbcbayarea.com and multiple other digital platforms.

About SJPL

San José Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.


This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Top photo: Educators with business reporter Shwanika Narayan at our NewsLitCamp at the San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 2019. Photo Credit: Miriam Romais / The News Literacy Project.

“Is That A Fact?”: An Analysis of Misinformation and the Election

An Analysis of Misinformation and the Election

For a better understanding of how misinformation and disinformation have impacted this election, please join us for a live episode of our podcast Is that a fact? on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. ET. Host Darragh Worland will moderate a lively conversation featuring Enrique Acevedo of 60 in 6 (former anchor at Univision) and an NLP board member, Jane Lytvynenko of BuzzFeed News, and Joan Donovan, research director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Register today on Zoom.

All educators: NewsLitCamp® with The Texas Tribune

NewsLitCamp helps teachers & librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinformation

About this event

NewsLitCamp is now nationwide! Join the News Literacy Project (NLP) and The Texas Tribune on Thursday, Dec. 10, for our first nationwide — and virtual — teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with Texas Tribune journalists. This program is part of a series of NewsLitCamp events led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

Register here (it’s FREE!) on Eventbrite.

Space is limited. Sign up today to reserve your seat!

NewsLitCamp is a free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) and educator-driven planning time to empower you to teach news literacy. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together for a day of conversations and learning with journalists and news literacy experts.

Details

Educators will convene on Zoom for several hours of free workshops and interactions with Texas Tribune journalists and experts from the News Literacy Project.

Sessions will be held at 8:30-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-3:45 p.m. CT.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to help teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the news-gathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

Participating educators will receive a certificate of attendance so they can apply for continuing education credits within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary and international educators. Please email newslitcamp@newslit.org with questions.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. Among the topics it covers are:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.


This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is sponsored by SmartNews.

Photo: Educators at our NewsLitCamp at Bloomberg News in New York City, Jan. 2020. Photo Credit: Andrea Lin / The News Literacy Project.

edWeb Webinar: “Teaching Disinformation in 2020: CIA Tips for Students and Educators”

In this virtual edWebinar on Oct. 14, join subject matter expert Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project and former CIA officer and author Cindy Otis for a conversation about the difference between misinformation and disinformation.

Register here for this free presentation at edWeb.

Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns. Along with highlighting resources, including the award-winning Checkology® virtual classroom, participants will learn strategies for honing news literacy skills using timely, real-world examples. Live attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a book giveaway of True or False by Cindy Otis. Come be a part of creating a “future founded on facts” for your students!

Miami educators: NewsLitCamp® with Univision

Miami-area educators, join the News Literacy Project for a virtual NewsLitCamp® event!

NLC banner with Univision 2020

About this Event

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), Univision News and Miami-Dade County Public Schools on Oct. 23 for a virtual teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with Univision News journalists. This program is one in a national series of NewsLitCamps led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

Register here (It’s FREE!) on Eventbrite.

Space is limited. Sign up today to reserve your seat!

NewsLitCamp is a free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) and educator-driven planning time to empower you to teach news literacy. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together for a day of conversations with journalists and news literacy experts. Check out our NewsLitCamp video for a quick look at what the day can offer you and your students.

Details

Educators will convene on Zoom for several hours of free workshops and interactions with Univision reporters and editors, and experts from the News Literacy Project.

Sessions will be held at 8:30-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-3:45 p.m. ET.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to develop teachers’ and librarians’ expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

Miami-Dade County Public School educators: please be sure to utilize your M-DCPS email address when registering in order to receive master plan points.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we welcome other educators and school administrators.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The company’s broadcast assets include Univision Network, one of the top television networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast network in the country; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 65 television stations and 58 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics. The award-winning news division of Univision Communications Inc. is committed to informing the country’s fastest-growing segment across all media platforms. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through Noticiero Univision, the network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; the Sunday public affairs program Al Punto (To The Point); newsmagazine shows Aquí y Ahora (Here and Now) and Primer Impacto (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on Despierta América (Wake Up America). Univision News has strengthened its news team and expanded its operations by adding investigative, documentary, infographics and data journalism units.


This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Photo: Aquí y Ahora correspondent Tifani Rogers with educators at our NewsLitCamp at Univision in Miami, April 2019. Photo Credit: Miriam Romais / The News Literacy Project.