NewsLitCamp helps teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinformation.
Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), South Carolina ETV and Public Radio, The Post and Courier, and Richland School District Two on May 14 and 21 for NewsLitCamp, a virtual teacher-centered professional learning event over two afternoons featuring breakout sessions with Columbia journalists.
NewsLitCamp is an immersive, free professional development experience primarily for middle and high school educators. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) led by journalists and news literacy experts, designed to empower you to teach news literacy.
This event is made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is part of a series of NewsLitCamp events led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.
Educators in Columbia, South Carolina, are invited to join us for two afternoons of free synchronous sessions and live interactions with local journalists and experts from the News Literacy Project: May 14 from 1-3:45 p.m. ET and May 21 from 1-3:30 p.m. ET.
In early May, educators will be prompted to create a Sched.com account to access related materials and Zoom links. Sched will be the home base for all of the event activities.
As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to help teachers and librarians develop expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.
Who can attend
This NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists in Columbia. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary educators. Please email [email protected] with questions.
You’ll learn about the Checkology® virtual classroom, our free, easy-to-use platform full of engaging news literacy learning experiences. Its 14 lessons can be used remotely or in-person and are easily integrated into variety of subject areas, with lesson topics like:
- The standards of quality journalism.
- News judgment.
- Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
- News media bias.
About South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
As the state’s public educational broadcasting network, South Carolina ETV and Public Radio uses television, radio and the internet to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment, and instilling the joy of learning. It provides national and local content to classrooms via internet services Knowitall.org, LearningWhy and PBS Learning Media, along with teacher training and recertification in face-to-face and online settings. SCETV and Public Radio began in 1958 with closed-circuit broadcasts to multiple schools of French and plane geometry classes at Dreher High School in Columbia. Today the network comprises 11 TV stations, eight radio stations and a statewide tower network that serves schools, hospitals and emergency management teams.
About The Post and Courier:
As the South’s oldest daily newspaper, it traces its roots to The Courier, founded in 1803, and The Evening Post, founded in 1894. In 1926, the two newspapers were drawn closer together when The Courier, which had then become The News and Courier, was purchased by The Evening Post Industries Company. Both newspapers maintained separate news staffs until the 1980s, when those staffs were combined. In 1991, when it became apparent that reading habits were better served by a single edition of the newspaper – a morning edition – the two papers were merged to become The Post and Courier. The newspaper is now published by The Post and Courier, Inc. Its Columbia edition is reported, written and edited by Columbia journalists for readers in the Midlands.
This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.