Citizens gather at the Civil Rights March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963. (National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency, Record Group 306 (National Archives Identifier 542044)

The rights of all Americans to freely assemble and to bring grievances to the government’s doorstep are intrinsic to American democracy and enshrined in the First Amendment. It’s what we’ve done for generations, perhaps most memorably on Aug. 28, 1963, when 250,000 people descended on Washington, D.C., to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. That day, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and it became a lasting touchstone of the civil rights movement.

But earlier that summer this now-seminal event was far from a sure…

Ebonee Rice, vice president of NLP’s educator network, offers advice in the Mozilla Foundation’s Aug. 17 installment of the Instagram series, Misinfo Monday, on avoiding misinformation.

The segment How to Tell Fact from Crap in the Newsfeed includes important tips, such as remembering to “search your feelings” because misinformation likes to prey on emotions. The piece asks: “Have you ever shared an article before reading the whole thing? It’s because your emotions about the article led you astray.”

Rice advises: “It’s important to take a beat. When you see a piece of news that causes you to have an emotional…

NLP’s new quiz Should You Share It? is designed to help you assess your ability to discern between deceptive and inaccurate information that should not be shared online, and accurate, fact-based information that presents strong evidence in support of its claims.

Keep in mind that each example may or may not be something you would actually want to share on social media.

Your challenge here is to determine which posts are examples of reliable information that could be responsibly shared, and which are falsehoods that you should avoid spreading.

Choose a version with a liberal political slant or a conservative…

This Northern Public Radio segment, Social Media Has Seen A Rise In Misinformation During COVID-19. How Can You Learn To Spot It?, with NLP’s Peter Adams makes important points about the impacts of misinformation. Anyone can experience the negative effects even if they do not share or believe the false content Peter says in the July 20 piece.

“People around you falling for misinformation vote in your communities, they vote in statewide and national elections, they can have an effect on you whether you get fooled or not. So, everyone should care.”

By Carol McCarthy

Indira Lakshmanan, senior executive editor at National Geographic and a veteran foreign and national correspondent, is the 2020 recipient of NLP’s John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year Award. Lakshmanan is a frequent TV and radio commentator on journalism and journalistic ethics, served as the first Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute, and was executive editor at the Pulitzer Center.

“Last year, Indira did a superb job leading the revised Understanding Bias lesson for Checkology,” said Alan C. Miller, NLP founder and CEO. …

By Carol McCarthy
Kristen Locker, a new graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, is NLP’s 2020 Gwen Ifill Student of the Year. Locker, the first college student to receive the award, was nominated by her professor, Lyn Millner, a finalist for NLP’s Educator of the Year Award.

“Kristen told us, ‘Checkology helped me navigate where I get my news.’ She says she no longer believes things at face value or relies on a single source and always researches information before sharing it,” NLP founder and CEO Alan C. Miller said. …

By Carol McCarthy

Virginia educator Patricia Hunt is the recipient of NLP’s inaugural Educator of the Year Award for the dedication and innovation she brings to her teaching of news literacy — an essential life skill for the digital age — and for her wider advocacy of news literacy education.

Hunt, who teaches 12th grade government courses at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., first learned about NLP from a Maryland colleague in 2011, before NLP’s classroom program was active in Virginia. Hunt borrowed the NLP classroom guide from her colleague to use in her courses.

“Patricia has set the…

By Suzannah Gonzales

As a former Reuters correspondent in Chicago, I often reported on excessive force by law enforcement, including the deaths of Black people and the ensuing protests. The awful, unjust events of recent weeks and months — the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the racism faced by the Central Park birder — unfortunately did not surprise me.

But last week, as I watched — outraged — video of live coverage of CNN reporter Omar Jimenez’s arrest, I found myself asking out loud: “Why?”

Jimenez also is a journalist of color. He had properly…

Once again, our nation must face the scourge of racial injustice with the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among too many others. These deaths have sparked protests around the country, highlighting the critical importance of our rights: to seek racial justice, to seek a redress of grievances, and to safeguard a free press.

We stand by the Black Lives Matter movement’s call to end these injustices and the violence inflicted too often on Black people and other communities of color. …

A few years ago Heather Turner, a teacher librarian in the Fabius-Pompey Central School District in central New York, saw social media posts from other librarians about Checkology® virtual classroom, and she was intrigued.

“I was looking for something to augment what I was already doing with digital citizenship,” says Turner, who has been an educator for a dozen years.

She then began using Checkology, NLP’s e-learning platform, in her classroom. “I teach media literacy in all of its facets so that my students are citizens who can discern the bias and information behind and about media,” she says.

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The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to sort fact from fiction.

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