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NLP and Checkology® honored by Library Association

We’re proud to announce that NLP and our Checkology® virtual classroom have been selected in the annual list of the Best Digital Tools for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).


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An urgent warning about the harm misinformation can cause

Earlier this month, Peter Adams, NLP’s senior vice president of education, gave the keynote address for our annual 2021 News Literacy Change-Maker Awards. Adams issued a strong warning about the harm misinformation can cause, and we wanted to share his important remarks with you.


Disinfo Discussions with Alan Miller at Aspen Digital

Alan Miller: How to Know What to Believe

Alan Miller, NLP’s CEO and founder, was interviewed by the Aspen Institute for its Disinfo Discussions digital series. In the conversation, Alan examined the role of news literacy and education as an effective countermeasure to the spread of mis- and disinformation.


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Pre-pandemic NewsLitCamp planted seed for team teaching

Talk about good timing. In early 2020, Erin Wilder encouraged her fellow high school English teachers to hop in the car and head from Hoschton, Georgia, to Columbia, South Carolina, for a NewsLitCamp®. Wilder was certain a drive of a few hours would prove valuable to her colleagues — Warren Clemens, Joe Jenifer and Ramona…


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NLP Honors 2021 News Literacy Change-Makers

In recognition of their outstanding achievements in supporting news literacy during an unprecedented and challenging school year, NLP has named the recipients of its 2021 educator, journalist and student of the year awards.


NLP Joins Call to Support Local News 

Today, the News Literacy Project (NLP) joined more than 3,000 diverse, locally-owned, nonprofit and community-based newsrooms calling on Congressional leaders to provide support for America’s community newsrooms in the infrastructure bill.


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Teachers share how they used Checkology in challenging year

The 2020-21 school year has been anything but routine for teachers and students all over the world. Unpredictability led to a mixture of remote, hybrid and in-person learning environments — with some classrooms experiencing all three. At the same time, demand grew for resources to teach students how to separate fact from fiction and identify…


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‘Sunday TODAY’ features NLP’s efforts to combat misinformation

When the Sunday Spotlight on NBC’s Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist chose to explore the misinformation crisis and efforts to combat it, the show’s producers turned to NLP. The May 16 segment Misinformation education: How schools are teaching kids to find the truth featured NLP’s Senior Vice President of Education Peter Adams. Correspondent Joe Fryer…

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Patternicity contest demonstrates mastery of key concept

Our brains are built to look for patterns, and we tend to see them everywhere. We look up at a cloud and see the shape of a cat. Or we recognize the outline of a face in a puddle. Patternicity is the term for this tendency to perceive meaningful patterns and connections among unrelated events.…


Celebrating AAPI journalists and news media

More than 40 years ago, the United States first celebrated the heritage of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with a commemorative week in May 1979. But this year, amid disturbing violence and abuse targeted at Asian-Americans, immigrants and other people of color, appreciating the culture and contributions of the AAPI community is more important than…


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Behind the headlines: Blocking press freedoms

Journalism — “arguably the best vaccine against the virus of disinformation” — is obstructed in a majority of countries around the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its new press freedom ranking.


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Behind the headlines: Values, trust and media

This article is from a previous issue of our Get Smart About News newsletter for the general public, which explores timely examples of misinformation as well as press freedom and social media trends and issues. Subscribe to our newsletters. By Hannah Covington It can be tempting to view the public’s distrust of the news media as…


Media Bias: Current Conversations

Peter Adams, NLP’s senior vice president of education, will discuss media bias and show consumers how to evaluate news coverage in a virtual presentation for the St. Charles City-County Library Current Conversations series. People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased,…


Adams joins discussion on how misinformation spreads

NLP’s Peter Adams, senior vice president of education, and Charles Whitaker, the dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School, took part in an in-depth conversation about how misinformation spreads and what newsrooms and social media companies should do about it. The segment News Educators Say Journalists Should ‘Slow Down’ on Social Media aired April 20 on…

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Behind the headlines: Clarity or deception?

An April 4 report from the long-running CBS News newsmagazine 60 Minutes on disparities in Florida’s vaccine rollout has touched off a wave of criticism questioning the piece’s accuracy and fairness.


Journalist’s classroom visit high point of the year for California sixth-graders

NPR journalist Hannah Bloch is used to asking questions, but during a virtual visit with 80 sixth-graders at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, California, she was the one peppered with them. The conversation with Bloch, lead digital editor on NPR’s international desk, was the highlight of a media literacy component that educator Sherry Robertson…


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PitchIt! Essay Contest

Miami Dade Public Schools, in partnership with the News Literacy Project, is hosting a news literacy essay writing contest to empower students to be civically informed and engaged.


Behind the headlines: Sexism in journalism

This article is from a previous issue of our Get Smart About News newsletter for the general public, which explores timely examples of misinformation as well as press freedom and social media trends and issues. Subscribe to our newsletters. Women working as journalists increasingly face gender-based violence outside of their newsrooms, including a barrage of…


Columbia educators: NewsLitCamp® with South Carolina ETV and Public Radio and The Post and Courier

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.…


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Upon Reflection: How I became a ‘pinhead’ a news literacy lesson

This column is a periodic series of personal reflections on journalism, news literacy, education and related topics by NLP’s founder and CEO, Alan C. Miller. Columns are posted at 10 a.m. ET every other Thursday. The PBS NewsHour segment on the News Literacy Project had just aired. “How was it?” my colleague asked me. “Great for us,” I responded. “But…

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Senior Planet OATS webinar: ‘Fact-Checking and Digital Verification’

Join the News Literacy Project and OATS Senior Planet for a free webinar to learn how to fact-check content and use existing tools to verify information before you share it. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at 1pm ET / 10am PT. In this webinar, we’ll share tips to help you understand the motivations of bad actors who push misleading, inaccurate and false information, and we’ll help you build skills to identify it and stop its spread. We’ll also teach you the basics of fact-checking so that you can protect yourself from falling for misinformation.


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Behind the headlines: Atlanta shootings coverage fallout

By Suzannah Gonzales and Hannah Covington This article is from this week’s issue of our Get Smart About News newsletter for the general public, which explores timely examples of misinformation as well as press freedom and social media trends and issues. Subscribe to our newsletters. News coverage of the March 16 fatal shootings at Atlanta-area…


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