Alan C. Miller delivers keynote at Bemidji State University conference


Alan C. Miller, the president of the News Literacy Project, delivered the keynote address at the Student Scholarship & Creative Achievement Conference at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, on April 6.

His topic was “Teaching the Next Generation How to Know What to Believe in a Digital World.”

While at Bemidji, Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times, also led student workshops on investigative reporting and news literacy.

“I have received nothing but positive feedback from students, faculty and administrators,” said Carla Norris-Raynbird, sociology program coordinator for the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies, Economics and Sociology at Bemidji and the conference organizer. “I cannot recall a speaker who has had this kind of effect on so many … and at so many different levels.”

Miller, other NLP staff members and the project’s journalist fellows are available for speaking engagements at colleges, universities, secondary schools and other venues. Topics they can address include NLP’s four pillars:

• Why news matters.

• The importance of the First Amendment and a free media in a democracy.

• How to know what to believe.

• The challenges and opportunities created by the Internet and digital media.

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