D.C. area educators: NewsLitCamp® at Bloomberg BNA


Tuesday, August 28, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202

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Join the News Literacy Project (NLP), Bloomberg BNA and Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools on Tuesday, Aug. 28, for a highly engaging, teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with Bloomberg BNA journalists. This professional development event will be held at Bloomberg BNA’s headquarters in Crystal City (1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NLP empowers educators to provide students with the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in the civic life of their communities. Bloomberg BNA — an affiliate of Bloomberg LP, one of the world’s leading financial news organizations — provides news and analysis to legal, tax, compliance, government affairs and government contracting professionals.

Register (it’s free!) here. Space is limited.

About NewsLitCamp: NewsLitCamp is a hybridized approach to “edcamp”-style professional development, with topical sessions (developed with input from teachers) in the morning and an open-ended, teacher-suggested workshop schedule in the afternoon. For this NewsLitCamp, middle school and high school educators will come together at Bloomberg BNA in Arlington for news literacy training and conversations with NLP staff and journalists from Bloomberg BNA.

Why should I 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. We also want to encourage a greater understanding between journalists and teachers — including an appreciation of the realities each face in playing a vital civic role on the front lines of the country’s democracy.

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.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • The evaluation of bias in news and information.
  • The differences in press freedoms around the world.
  • The importance of using accurate and truthful evidence when making arguments.
  • The role of personalization algorithms in the creation of filter bubbles.

This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is sponsored by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and The Resilience Fund.

Questions? Email Damaso Reyes, NLP’s director of partnerships, at dreyes@newslit.org or Cathy Bonneville Hix, social studies supervisor at Arlington Public Schools, at cathy.hix@apsva.us.


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