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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...

World Press Freedom Day recognizes global challenges facing journalists

April 27, 2015

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

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

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...

Evaluating reliability of news sources an important skill

April 6, 2015

With fabricated and erroneous content often masquerading as legitimate news online and in social media, the ability to evaluate the reliability of the news sources from which they come is a critical skill for students in the digital age. Numerous strategies and resources are available to help teach...

One month remaining in 1 For All First Amendment Challenge

March 30, 2015

Submit First Amendment lesson plans to the 1 For All First Amendment Challenge by May 1 to be considered for one of 40 $1,000 awards. Teachers and schools simply provide First Amendment education and submit lessons plans and samples of student projects. Judges will select 40 teachers to receive $1,000...

First Amendment Speakers Bureau offers outreach to high schools

March 21, 2015

Teachers searching for ways to incorporate the First Amendment into their lessons should check out the resources offered by the First Amendment Speakers Bureau, a service of the MLRC Institute, a sister organization of the Media Law Resource Center. The Speakers Bureau sends MLRC members to various venues across th...

JEA and SPLC offer services to protect student expression

March 16, 2015

The first principle of news literacy is that free expression is the foundation of democracy. Services provided by the Journalism Education Association and the Student Press Law Center are helping to protect the role that students across the country play in that process. JEA’s Scholastic Press Righ...