News, Information and Media Literacy
The onset of the digital age forever changed the way readers interact with news and the way that journalists do journalism. Now that more data is produced in a single second that can possibly be consumed in a lifetime, the need for news literacy has never been more important.
Simply put, news literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources. As 21st Century citizens, we must know what is in the news we consume — where to get the news, what to do with it and how to make news of our own.
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News Literacy Model Curriculum and Lesson Plans
These lessons integrate news literacy into math, social studies, English and science classrooms. News literacy concepts are taught in tandem with a variety of core academic skills ranging from literary analysis, deductive reasoning and syllogism to probability, standard deviation and finance to earth science, DNA and nuclear energy to court case analysis, Fourth Amendment and privacy rights. Teachers can use the lessons as a springboard to help students learn critical thinking skills.
News and Media Literacy Lesson Plans
These lesson plans, curated from selected organizations, help teachers easily bring news and media literacy into any classroom.
Six Principles of News Literacy
Gain a better understanding of news literacy and its importance to a democratic society with definitions and principles developed by thought leaders in the news literacy field.
Articles and Research
Gain a broad overview of news literacy with this collection of articles and research. Since the discipline is constantly changing, be sure to update your research with the latest journals and publications available.