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Challenge winners display power of First Amendment in the classroom

July 6, 2015

In May, the American Society of News Editors awarded 40 secondary school educators $1,000 each for their innovative efforts while teaching the First Amendment in classrooms across the country. To learn about the First Amendment, students completed creative and educational projects, including videos,...

Stony Brook University Center for News Literacy set to host Summer Institute in Chicago

June 29, 2015

The Stony Brook University Center for News Literacy is hosting its third summer workshop from July 20-24 at Roosevelt University in Chicago’s South Loop. Dean Miller is the director for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. The News Literacy Center focuse...

Digital storytelling skills help students engage in media literate conversations with audiences

June 22, 2015

Media Literacy provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms. From print to video to the Internet, media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary...

NAMLE set to celebrate global connectivity at annual conference

June 13, 2015

The National Association for Media Literacy Education is hosting its annual conference June 26 and 27 in Philadelphia. NAMLE will host a special news literacy themed kick-off event on the evening of June 25 where a panel will discuss the film “Merchants of Doubt.” Based off a book of the same name,...

A story is only as good as its sources

June 5, 2015

As the old newsroom adage goes, “A reporter is only as good as his or her sources." The success of a story often depends on the information a reporter gathers from sources, but what is a source and how can readers differentiate which sources are trustworthy? A source is someone or something that...

Speak Free Act deserves support from current and future journalists

May 29, 2015

The American Society of News Editors welcomes the introduction of the Speak Free Act, which is Anti-SLAPP legislation that will help protect the rights of current and future journalists. Careful reporting and editing will protect student journalists against most legal threats, but the threat of a frivol...

1 For All First Amendment Challenge winners announced

May 22, 2015

Teachers from across the country took the First Amendment Challenge, and 1 For All has awarded $1,000 to 40 of them for their outstanding lesson plans and student projects. The teachers’ innovative efforts helped educate hundreds of students about the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. "It's...

American Press Institute offers resources for teaching news literacy

May 17, 2015

An introductory news literacy curriculum for middle school students as well as a variety of other lesson plans and resources for teaching news literacy are available from the American Press Institute. The curriculum, which consists of three units of media literacy activities and lessons, is a condensed...

News literacy instructional videos available on the Learn Channel

May 8, 2015

For teachers looking to incorporate news literacy into their curricula, The News Literacy Project offers a collection of instructional videos, lessons and other digital resources on its Learn Channel. According to its website, NLP is “an innovative national education program that teaches students...

Guiding questions provide lesson on anonymous sources

May 4, 2015

Although a transparent reporting process is necessary for a publication to build trust and credibility with its audience, there are times when ethical standards dictate the use of anonymous sources. Schools in particular are a setting with special circumstances. Student journalists must consider that...