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Our first annual report reflects NLP’s considerable progress

by Greg McCaffery and Alan C. Miller We are gratified to note that we achieved or exceeded most of our goals for the first year across our programs, communications and finances and for our impact metrics with educators and students. In areas where we fell short, we are working to improve this year. Read the…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

Classroom Connection: Twitter’s ban on political ads

In marked contrast to recent statements by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced in a series of tweets last Wednesday that his social media platform would ban all political advertising starting Nov. 22, explaining that “this isn’t about free expression” — as Zuckerberg has argued — and that…

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Orson Welles at CBS radio. .(Dallas Dispatch-Journal/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast kicked off lasting myth

Imagine hearing this startling “news” while relaxing at home on a Sunday evening: “… those strange beings who landed in the Jersey farmlands tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from the planet Mars.” If you were listening to CBS Radio’s Mercury Theatre on the Air program 81 years ago today, that’s exactly what…

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Facebook page with laugh icon selected

Curriculum Connection: Facebook, satire and fact-checking

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Facebook plans to exempt satire and opinion content from its fact-checking program. This would mean that posts that contain demonstrably false claims, but which the platform deems to be either satire or opinion, would not be referred to its network of third-party fact-checkers. Thus, Facebook would not…

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Catherine Griffin

Bringing news literacy to a school, one freshman class at a time

Like many teens asked to research a topic, Catherine Griffin’s students typically would open a search engine, type a word or phrase, and simply use the source at the top of their results. But once Griffin guides them through the Checkology®virtual classroom, they start digging deeper, citing scholarly articles and database results in their research.…

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Curriculum Connection: Examining the impact of rising government disinformation

Political parties or government agencies in 70 countries are using “cyber troops” to engage in organized disinformation efforts online, according to a new report from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. This is a 150% increase in state- and party-sponsored social media manipulation campaigns since 2017. At that time researchers found such…

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Brett Kavanaugh

Curriculum Connection: Complex Kavanaugh story gets tangled in the telling

On Sept. 14, The New York Times published an essay by two of its reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, that was based on their new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation. The Times’ opinion section — which is responsible for the Sunday Review section, where the essay appeared — also posted a…

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Checkology in the classroom

Global Youth & News Media Prize honors Checkology

I’m delighted to tell you that our Checkology® virtual classroom has won a Silver Award in the News/Media Literacy category from the 2019 Global Youth & News Media Prize. The Global Youth & News Media Prize, established in 2018, honors organizations around the world that innovate as they strengthen engagement between news media and young…

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Diversity in newsrooms

Survey: Newsroom diversity lagging

The American Society of News Editors received responses to its 41st annual survey from 429 news organizations. Both print/digital newsrooms and online-only outlets responded to the survey. The results (PDF download), released last Tuesday, found that people of color comprised 21.9% of salaried employees in 2018, compared with 21.8% the year before. Online-only news outlets…

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