National NewsLitCamp®️: Trust and Credibility | Recordings


NewsLitCamp®: Trust and Credibility was held on Jan. 27, 2023 as part of National News Literacy Week.

NewsLitCamp: Trust and Credibility was a free, virtual event hosted by the News Literacy Project in partnership with NBCUniversal News Group! It was designed to help educators teach students to analyze news and information with a skeptical — not cynical — eye. The professional learning highlighted: 

  • What it means for news to inform us credibly.  
  • How persuasion can and should be credible.  
  • What it means for a source to be trustworthy.  

Sessions started at 9 a.m. ET Jan. 27 and continued throughout the day. They included insights from journalism professionals and news literacy and media experts nationwide, along with the opportunity to connect and share directly with others. 

View speakers and panelists here.

Sessions and recordings

Welcome to NewsLitCamp and opening session: What does it mean to be “news-literate”? 

In this webinar, we provided an overview of the news literacy concepts and skills that students need in order to be reliably informed, such as recognizing the difference between news and other types of information, including opinion and propaganda. We used the standards of quality journalism to identify credible news sources and common types of misinformation. 


Introduction to resources from the News Literacy Project 

Join experts from The News Literacy Project for a session highlighting NLP-developed resources to introduce and incorporate key news literacy concepts in your classroom. This session was facilitated by Shaelynn Farnsworth, Senior Director of Education Partnership Strategy. 


How can journalists call out misinformation without being perceived as biased and losing the public trust? 

Join us for a panel of NBCUniversal News Group journalists, moderated by Ali Velshi, MSNBC host, as they discussed how journalists today approach balancing credibility and persuasion, debunking misinformation and maintaining public trust. Featured panelists included Tom Llamas, NBC News NOW anchor; Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News senior reporter; and Chris Scholl, NBC News Standards senior vice president. The discussion was followed by a live audience Q&A.        


How news organizations ensure fair representation on air  

How does a news organization determine who should appear on a panel discussing hot button issues to ensure a fair representation of views? Join us for a panel discussion focused on how newsrooms ensure credible, fair representation of topics on air and how they can combat misinformation. Moderated by Jesse Rodriguez, MSNBC vice president of Editorial and Booking, this panel included Bill Hinkle, coordinating producer of NBC News NOW; Lori Ann LaRocco, CNBC News senior editor of guests; Andre Brooks, NBC News NOW executive producer; and Nina Sen, director of NBC News Standards. It was followed by a live audience Q&A.  


How can the news media repair its trust problem with marginalized communities?  

What factors have led to a deterioration of trust when it comes to the media and communities they cover? Moderated by NBC News NOW Correspondent Zinhle Essamuah, this afternoon panel addressed timely questions about the relationship between traditional news media and marginalized communities, what journalists are doing to address the disconnect and more. Featured panelists included Guad Venegas, NBC News correspondent; Jamie Nguyen, NBC News Consumer Investigations senior producer; Chiara Sottile, NBC News reporter and producer; and Belén Smole, Philadelphia’s Telemundo 62 anchor. The discussion was followed by a live audience Q&A. 


Harm & Distrust: Why communities of color often have misgivings about mainstream news  

Marginalized communities have not always received fair coverage from legacy news organizations. In fact, throughout American history, many groups have suffered demonstrable harms from biased, one-sided or otherwise problematic coverage. While significant progress has been made, newsrooms still lack diversity, sometimes fail to scrutinize official narratives and struggle to equally serve the information needs of all members of the public. 

The News Literacy Project released a Checkology® virtual classroom lesson titled “Harm & Distrust” that examines the damage caused by mainstream coverage of Black Americans, and the legacies of distrust this has produced. To launch this new lesson, we hosted a virtual conversation to explore these issues and look at how today’s journalists have made strides but still have a way to go. Joining us are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wes Lowery; lesson host and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore; Peter Adams, NLP’s senior vice president of research and design; and moderator Julia Torres, director of special projects at EduColor.   

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