Be ready for the 2016 elections with fact checking resources at your fingertips

Election 2016 highlights the importance of fact checking for citizens and journalists alike. As politicians make sweeping and often contradictory claims, citizens searching for truth can turn to a number of online resources. Student journalists also have an ethical responsibility to report the truth. The free resources below can help verify facts and information. American Press Institute’s Fact-checking Journalism Project API's mission is to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the F...  Read More »

Plan now for Constitution Day: Teach the First Amendment

Teachers can prepare now to teach the First Amendment as part of Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with the materials and ideas below. Many teachers incorporate First Amendment instruction into their curriculum on a weekly basis by using news articles to discuss First Amendment issues. In Peter Paccone’s classroom, every Monday is “First Amendment Monday.” The San Marino High School social studies teacher encourages students in his U.S. government classes to look for news stories and editorials...  Read More »

Mini-grants give classrooms premium access to Checkology — a news literacy e-learning platform

The News Literacy Project is offering teachers a new cutting-edge e-learning platform and first-rate resource for the classroom. The Checkology™ e-learning platform incorporates many of the best practices in e-learning, including self-pacing, blended and experiential learning, personalization, rich formative assessment, and student challenges….just to name a few. “We decided to create the platform because the demand for news literacy programming and resources across the country is great a...  Read More »

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Teach students mobile-video skills with step-by-step lessons

Teachers looking for capstone or end-of-the-year projects can send their students to The website features eight 50-minute lessons that guide students in using their smartphones and other mobile devices to create videos. To review and download the lessons, click here! The lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and contain video tutorials that students can watch on their mobile devices outside of class. Each lesson includes a teacher guide, a student guide and a rubric that can be used to coach students in creating video story packages. Funding was provided by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. "Smartphones and tablets come in so many varieties that it c...  Read More »

Interactive images possible with Thinglink

The ability to engage readers with interactive content is one of the primary benefits of digital journalism, and one useful tool for creating such content is ThingLink. By enabling users to annotate images or videos with multimedia content, ThingLink offers a multitude of creative ways to tell stories. Text, graphics, links, audio and video can be embedded into a single piece of content. Interactive maps, infographics, timelines and galleries are a few alternative story forms that ThingLink makes possible. These creations can then be shared on social media or embedded in websites. Basic analytics provide information on how many views, clicks and hovers an image has received, which makes it easy to...  Read More »

Start planning fundraising activities for next year

Fundraising for student media programs is not always easy, but here are some tips and tricks students and teachers can use to increase revenue: Advertising Advertise different community events and businesses. Summer camps, photography studios and formal wear shops are always dependable sources. Create an advertising packet with a cover letter, rate sheet and student buying habits. Extra tip: Google ads is an option for online newspapers. Donations Write a letter explaining the value of the journalism program and ask parents for donations. Local organizations, such as Kiwanis and Rotary, might also be willing to contribute. Check out It allows schools to accept online donat...  Read More »

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