Carroll, who died this morning after a long illness, used his extraordinary talent, vision and passion to help us become who we are today. We will miss him.
For a few tips on how to do this yourself, watch our Learn Channel lesson on photo fact-checking: http://thenewsliteracyproject.org/learn-channel/photo-fact-checking-digital-age
Why does news matter? Why should students care about news? Why should anyone care for that matter? Chip Reid of CBS News talks us through it.
This lesson, or some version of it, has long been a part of NLP's curriculum and is a great starting point to kick off a conversation about news literacy.
Students learn how to distinguish verified information from raw information, spin, opinion and propaganda — whether they are using search engines to find websites with information about specific topics, checking a friend's Facebook page, viewing a video on YouTube, watching television news or reading a newspaper or blog post.
The project gives students the critical-thinking skills to become smarter and more frequent consumers of credible information across all media and platforms. They are taught to seek news and information that will make them well-informed and engaged students, consumers and citizens.
They are also encouraged to produce news and information accurately, fairly and responsibly to make their own voices as credible and powerful as possible.
The project aspires to elevate the mission of news literacy nationally through classroom and after-school programs, digital units, workshops, public events and the news media itself.
We have created a new model by forging partnerships among active and retired journalists, NLP’s regional coordinators in New York City, Chicago and the Washington, D.C., area and English, history, government, humanities and journalism teachers. Journalist fellows and teachers are devising units focusing on the importance of news to young people, the role of the First Amendment and a free media in a democracy and ways to discern reliable information.
NLP has developed original curriculum material based on activities and student projects that build and reflect understanding of the program’s essential questions. Topics include viral email, Wikipedia, search engines, YouTube and the news. Lessons are presented through hands-on exercises, videos and the journalists’ own compelling stories.
For more information, visit http://thenewsliteracyproject.org/about-us/mission-and-rationale