New video gives tips for evaluating a report’s credibility

January 23, 2014

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The News Literacy Project has posted a new video lesson on its Learn Channel, "A Consumer's Guide to Sourcing in News Reports." In this lesson, Paul Saltzman, assistant managing editor for projects at the Chicago Sun-Times, discusses the various kinds of sourcing and offers helpful guidance for evaluat...

Verification lacking in several recent stories popular on the Web

December 18, 2013

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The Center for News Literacy's lesson of the week delves into the topic of verification for online content. Several recent stories that were popular on the Internet turned out to be hoaxes. This resource includes questions to spark discussion in the classroom....

Game-based learning helps teach news literacy in classrooms

December 4, 2013

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The Elements of Verification series offers three interactive episodes that help students think critically about decision-making based on news literacy skills. The series was produced in 2011 by the Committee of Concerned Journalists along with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and Stony Br...

Valuable resources available on The News Literacy Project’s new site

November 5, 2013

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The News Literacy Project, a national nonprofit organization that helps educators teach young people how to evaluate information in the digital age, has just launched a new website with valuable resources that are open to the public. It hosts a digital collection of short news literacy lessons on its Lea...

News literacy sessions in Boston

October 28, 2013

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The Journalism Education Association will present four instructional sessions on news literacy made possible by a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston. Building on the foundation's definition, “To be news literate is to build knowledge,...

Teaching tool offers tips

October 22, 2013

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"Searchlights and Sunglasses" offers a wealth of information about news and media literacy. Look through the new digital book to gather resources for your class. Make sure you check out the "learning layer" activity called "How do you know what to believe?" for specific ideas on how to teach news literacy in your classroom....

Discerning between fact and opinion

October 18, 2013

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Each week, the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University posts a news literacy lesson. The center's "Lessons of the Week" section is a great place to go for news literacy teaching and discussion tips and ideas. This week's lesson, "Discerning between Fact and Opinion through Commentary," examines the differences between news and opinion, and how to dis...