NLP in the news: touting the importance of news literacy in the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Two Reporters podcast, and Word in Black
With information generated by artificial intelligence suddenly flooding our virtual spaces, news consumers are struggling to understand what to think and how to feel about the technology. NLP’s Darragh Worland, senior vice president of creative strategy and host of NLP’s Is that a Fact? podcast, was recently featured in the Washington Post offering tips for how to make sense of this rapidly changing information environment.
“AI literacy is starting to become a whole new realm of news literacy,” Worland said in the piece.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, John Silva, senior director of professional and community learning at NLP, helped readers spot faulty logic, motivated reasoning and propagandistic techniques in a letter to the editor.
“Malinformation has a seed of truth, or makes selective use of facts, but is repackaged and shared with the specific intent to cause harm,” Silva writes, urging readers to consult multiple sources and look out for the hallmarks of conspiratorial thinking.
On the podcast Two Reporters, Ebonee Rice, NLP’s senior vice president of educator engagement, explained the need for news literacy instruction in classrooms, detailed how our organization supports educators, and described the impact of our work.
“We see how students are growing in their knowledge of misinformation,” Rice said on the podcast.
Brittney Smith, a senior manager of education partnerships for NLP, highlighted why it’s particularly important for Black students to be taught news literacy skills, since communities of color are often targeted with misinformation.
“It is imperative that students are graduating from high school with the skills they need to evaluate information and to think critically about claims they are encountering,” Smith told Word in Black, a digital news publication that served the Black community.