The Associated Press joins the News Literacy Project

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The Associated Press has joined the News Literacy Project as a participating news organization, becoming the first wire service to enlist in the effort to help middle school and high school students become smarter and more frequent consumers and creators of credible information.

“It is vital for journalism, and for democracy, that young people acquire the skills and savvy to identify credible news and information amid an ever-expanding sea of opinions, voices and agendas,” said Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor of the AP.  “This is especially important in this period of economic upheaval and challenge for the news industry itself. That is why the Associated Press enthusiastically supports the News Literacy Project and its mission.”

The Associated Press describes itself as the largest source of independent news and information. On any given day, it says, more than half the world’s population sees news from the AP.

The AP is giving its international network of journalists the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and is helping to identify former employees who might be interested in doing so.

It joins The New York Times, ABC News, USA Today, CBS’s 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, CNN and NPR in supporting the News Literacy Project.

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