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Chicago students tackle what’s real and what’s fake

When David Teeghman, a teacher at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School in Chicago, first heard about the Checkology® virtual classroom, it was a no-brainer: “I was like, ‘YES, this is a resource that my students need to have access to.’” Navigating the information landscape these days is difficult enough for adults — and even more…

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To track local news coverage, curate a list of local journalists

ProPublica Illinois (@ProPublicaIL) regularly uses Twitter to answer questions about journalism. Recently a reader asked: “How do you go about finding those new ideas? Is it by brainstorming? Or following on tips?” Here’s the response from ProPublica journalist Jodi Cohen: “Reporters are always on the lookout for ways to inform the public about the world…

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Using Checkology® to improve civil discourse in the classroom

For Nicole Finnesand, integrating current events into her lessons at a middle school in the southeast corner of South Dakota was daunting — until she encountered the News Literacy Project and its Checkology virtual classroom. She teaches in Colton, a tiny town (population 676, according to 2017 Census estimates) about 25 miles northwest of Sioux Falls.…

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School Library Journal promotes the ‘Freedom’ shoe (and NLP)

Teachers and librarians often find themselves standing for long periods, and School Library Journal has a solution for their fatigued feet: the “Freedom” line of women’s shoes from the Samuel Hubbard Shoe Company, featuring the First Amendment engraved on the sole. Even better, SLJ executive editor Kathy Ishizuka notes, each purchase benefits the News Literacy…

Media Coverage

News literacy and conspiracy theories

Misinformation spreads rapidly on social media following natural disasters, mass shootings, terrorist attacks and other dramatic news events. In addition to seeing doctored photos and patently false “breaking news,” we’re also likely to be bombarded with conspiracy theories — another subset of misinformation. Since many of these involve alleged actions by the government, we need…

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A case for your support on #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, when family and friends gather around a festive table and reflect on what they’re grateful for. In a world where we are constantly buffeted by waves of information (some of it credible, much of it not), I’m grateful for the hard work of the team at the News Literacy Project…

Educators in Chicago or attending #NCSS18: NewsLitCamp® at WBEZ

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), WBEZ and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for a NewsLitCamp on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. WBEZ (91.5 FM) is Chicago’s NPR affiliate; it also produces This American Life and co-produces, with NPR, the popular current affairs quiz show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell…

Events

Five ways to celebrate Media Literacy Week

Nov. 5-9 is Media Literacy Week — our favorite week of the year, when champions of news and media literacy raise awareness of the critical need and available tools to discern and create credible information as students, consumers and citizens. Here are some things you can do each day during Media Literacy Week to support…

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