Ten Chicago area schools to participate in news literacy initiative

23 Aug

Nine Chicago and Chicago area high schools will participate in the Midwest Journalism Education Initiative’s  news literacy project.  The project will incorporate news literacy skills with a collaborative report produced by each of the participants.  Participating in the project are Elk Grove High School,  Wheeling High School,  Rolling Meadows High School,  Oak Park-River Forest High School,  Free Spirit Media,  Benito Juarez Community Academy,  Perspectives Math and Science Academy, Roberto Clemente High School,  Bartlett High School,  and Downers Grove North High School.

According to Stan Zoller, MJE, director of the MJEI, the project will introduce teachers to news literacy and how to incorporate it into in-depth news reporting.  “A goal of the project,” Zoller said, is provide the news consumer with a report that is accountable, verifiable and independent in its coverage.  A skill that will be incorporated into the project is critical thinking.  “News consumers can effectively deconstruct a news report only if it is well produced,” Zoller said.

Each school will prepare a report on a topic via print, broadcast or online media.  Representatives from each school will make a presentation about a topic they think has wide-scale interest and impact on teen readers.  The group will decide on which topic it wants to pursue.

The project is funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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