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ERIC Number: EJ832248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Enhancing News Literacy
Quinn, Lena Consolini
School Library Journal, v55 n1 p40-42 Jan 2009
A revolution in media has sparked an explosion of information, thanks largely to the Internet. Despite the apparent gains in diversity of perspective and ease of access to information, the concern over the reliability of sources extends particularly to youth consumers and their ability to decipher the truth amidst this vast array of media messages. This article describes the News Literacy Project (NLP), an innovative program to help middle and high school students "sort fact from fiction in the digital age." With pilot projects set to launch in early 2009, NLP involves pairing active and retired journalists with English, history, and social studies teachers, as well as after-school media clubs. Working with educators, the volunteer journalists will help devise curricula focusing on the relevance of news to today's youth and help students take a critical view of content, prompting them to ask questions such as "Who created this?" "Whom does this benefit?" and "Is there bias or speculation present?" Material will be presented through games, hands-on exercises, as well as the journalists' own firsthand experiences, and new media, such as blogs, social networking sites, and Wikipedia will be among the examined resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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