Charlotte educators: NewsLitCamp® with The Charlotte Observer


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

The Charlotte Observer, 550 S. Caldwell St., Charlotte, NC 28202

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Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), The Charlotte Observer and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools for a highly engaging, teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with Charlotte Observer journalists.


Educators will meet at The Charlotte Observer for a full day of free workshops, conversations and maker sessions with NLP staff and Observer reporters and editors. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

About NewsLitCamp

NewsLitCamp is a day-long professional development workshop primarily for middle school and high school educators. Using a hybridized approach to “edcamp”-style continuing education, it features topical sessions (developed with input from attending teachers) in the morning and open-ended, educator-driven planning and development time in the afternoon. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together in the engaging, fast-paced environment of a news organization for a day of news literacy training and conversations with journalists and NLP staff.

Why attend?

NLP created NewsLitCamps to help educators improve their own news literacy skills, introduce them to resources for teaching news literacy, and get their ideas and input for new resources. Educators will leave with new ideas, skills and resources to help their students navigate today’s complex information landscape and beat back a rising tide of misinformation. We also want to encourage a greater understanding between journalists and teachers — including an appreciation of the realities that both face in playing a vital civic role with increasingly scarce resources.

Who can attend

NewsLitCamps are designed primarily for middle school and high school teachers and librarians. Space permitting, we also welcome other educators and school administrators. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools educators will receive one full continuing education unit credit for their participation (details provided after registration).

Bonus: Participants will learn about NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom, a comprehensive news literacy e-learning hub that complements educators’ lesson plans.

Lesson topics include:

  • The standards of quality journalism and their use in determining the credibility of information.
  • Digital forensics and the varied types of misinformation.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.
  • The evaluation of bias in news and other information.
  • The importance of using accurate and truthful evidence when making arguments.
  • The role of personalization algorithms in the creation of filter bubbles.

About The Charlotte Observer

Since 1886, The Charlotte Observer has been dedicated to serving Charlotte and its surrounding region with strong, independent journalism and a mission to report clearly, truthfully and completely. The Observer is the largest-circulating newspaper in North Carolina and the most visited news and information website in the Carolinas. Its staff has won four Pulitzer Prizes, including two Gold Medals for Public Service. #Readlocal


Email Miriam Romais, NLP’s partnerships manager, at [email protected] or Mary Margaret Martin, Secondary Social Studies Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at [email protected].

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