NAMLE set to celebrate global connectivity at annual conference

June 13, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

World Press Freedom Day recognizes global challenges facing journalists

April 27, 2015

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More than 100 national celebrations will take place on May 3 in recognition of World Press Freedom Day. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, the purpose of the day is to celebrate “the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to d...

25 students win $1,000 scholarships in #PictureFreedom contest

April 20, 2015

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Twenty-five students will receive $1,000 scholarships for sharing original photos and artwork on social media as part of 1 for All’s Picture Freedom contest. The weeklong scholarship contest celebrated the five freedoms of the First Amendment, speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. “It...

Blog keeps tabs on fake news on the Internet

April 13, 2015

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For a look at the sometimes-silly, sometimes-concerning false information that circulates the Internet, The Washington Post offers a weekly roundup on The Intersect, a blog dedicated to digital and Internet culture. Its series called “What was fake on the Internet this week?” can be a resource...