Behind the Scenes with the Washington Post TikTok Team


Tuesday, January 23, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

This free National News Literacy Week webinar for students and educators features a live, virtual conversation with the Washington Post TikTok team about news and social media.

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024
1-2 p.m. ET/10-11 a.m. PT

Social media plays such a large role in the lives of young people today that it is now one of the primary sources where young people receive their news and information, according to a 2022 report from the Reuters Institute.  Given the evolution of Americans’ news consumption habits, the ever-changing social media landscape and the rise of generative AI, it’s never been more important to ensure the next generation can distinguish facts from fiction and interact with their social feeds in an informed, responsible way.

Here’s a chance for students to engage in a conversation about news and social media. Join us for “Behind the Scenes with the Washington Post TikTok Team,” a special National News Literacy Week event exclusively for students and educators.

Participating classes will have the opportunity to join a live, virtual discussion with the Washington Post TikTok team. These journalists will give a behind-the-scenes look at how their popular TikTok posts are created and shared on @washingtonpost, and will answer student-submitted questions about their work.

This event is a special edition of the News Literacy Project’s unique Newsroom to Classroom visits, which connect journalists with educators and students for in-person or virtual conversations. The visits are exclusively available through the Checkology®️ virtual classroom.

Educators, to participate, make sure your class has completed at least one Checkology lesson. (If you’re not familiar with Checkology, this free platform contains 19 browser-based, standards-aligned lessons on topics like understanding bias, identifying primary purpose and recognizing the role of social media algorithms. Sign up for Checkology here.)

After your class has completed a Checkology lesson, work with students to form a list of questions for the Post’s TikTok team. Please submit them to us using this form by Friday, Jan. 19. The journalists will answer as many student questions as they are able.

This interactive event is a great opportunity to deepen students’ news literacy skills and engage them in meaningful discussions about the subjects introduced on Checkology, such as understanding bias, recognizing the role of social media algorithms, identifying primary purpose, assessing sources’ credibility and more.

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