Illinois educators: NewsLitCamp® with Block Club Chicago, the Better Government Association and ProPublica Illinois


Friday, February 5, 2021
8:30 AM – 3:45 PM

NewsLitCamp helps teachers & librarians develop expertise in news literacy, demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from misinfo.

NLC Illinois

Join the News Literacy Project (NLP) on Feb. 5 for a virtual teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with journalists from ProPublica Illinois, Better Government Association and Block Club Chicago. This program 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.

Sign up today (it’s FREE!) to reserve your seat.

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 Illinois-based journalists and news literacy experts, and educator-driven sessions to empower you to teach news literacy. Check out our NewsLitCamp video for a quick look at what the event can offer you.


Join us for a day of free workshops and interactions with Illinois journalists and experts from the News Literacy Project: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00-3:45 p.m. CT (9:30 a.m-1 p.m. and 2:00-4:45 p.m. ET / 6:30-10 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. PT).

Educators will be prompted in mid-January to create a account, which will be the home base for all of the event activities, including documents and access to the Zoom links.

Why attend? 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.

Educators able to participate for the full day will receive a certificate of attendance to apply for continuing education credits within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamp is designed primarily for middle and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we also will welcome school administrators and post-secondary and international educators. Please email with questions.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a free cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The practice of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About the Better Government Association

The Better Government Association is a nonpartisan nonprofit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, efficiency and accountability in government in Chicago and across Illinois.

About Block Club Chicago

Block Club is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Our full-time reporters are embedded in the communities they cover, allowing them to report with context, respect and with actual knowledge of a neighborhood beyond parachuting in for a “big” story or event. This ground-level approach not only builds community and trust but leads to a more accurate portrayal of a neighborhood.

About ProPublica Illinois

ProPublica Illinois is an independent nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Headquartered in Chicago, we are the first regional publishing operation of ProPublica, dedicated to stories about big issues that affect people living and working in the state of Illinois. ProPublica Illinois was founded in 2017 as a vehicle for leveraging ProPublica’s collaborative model at a regional level, with the goal of making a meaningful difference across the state. With a team of 12 reporters, editors and technologists, we are pursuing stories that hold powerful institutions to account, from politics to government to business.

This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is generously supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.



Questions? Email Miriam Romais, NLP’s senior manager of education and training, at

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