The News Literacy Project www.thenewsliteracyproject.org is looking for mentors to help 8th grade students at the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in the District starting in September. Haynes will be the third NLP partner in the region; the first two, both in Bethesda, Md., are Walt Whitman High School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High.
Below is a description of the program.
The project is an innovative national program that is mobilizing journalists to give students an appreciation of quality journalism and to encourage them to consume and create credible information across all platforms.
The project is helping students learn how to distinguish verified information from unfiltered messages, opinion, advertising and propaganda — whether they are searching for websites with Google, assessing a viral e-mail, watching television news or reading a
You can see the project in action through a video on its YouTube channel at:
http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/blog/news_literacy_project_video_on_youtube/ NLP is headed by Alan Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times. Twenty news organizations, including Univision, and more than 175 journalists are enrolled as participants.
Soledad O’Brien was a member of NLP’s founding board and was featured at the project’s initial kickoff event. David Gonzalez and Fernanda Santos of The New York Times, Fernando Diaz of the Chicago Tribune and Irene Tosdado of Univision have participated in the classroom program.