Archive | January, 2014

News Literacy — With a Latino Flair

31 Jan

CNL_red_bg2The Latino-Oriented News Literacy (LONLit) project aims to develop and enhance critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources in media directed at Latino audiences in the United States. During 2014, the pilot phase of this initiative will prepare the curriculum, audio-visual archive resources, and training workshops for high school teachers and university professors working at communities with large concentrations of Latino students in the greater Chicago area.

Educators working in other Latino and ethnic immigrant communities will also benefit from this program, which builds on and is in partnership with Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy, and is funded by the McCormick Foundation.

The primary purpose of this bicultural project is to explore the hypothesis that immigrant Americans’ ability to participate as citizens can be increased by teaching them News Literacy lessons using examples and lessons specific to their geo-ethnic media landscape and diet. Lessons learned in addressing Latinos will be applied to development of programs to build News Literacy and citizenship skills of other immigrant populations.

For further information about the Latino-Oriented News Literacy (LONLit) project, please contact Dr. Federico Subervi, team leader, at, or 330-672-6287 (office) 512-965-5267 (mobile).The project coordinator in Chicago is Stan Zoller, (; 847-421-5278.)

For additional information about the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, contact Elizabeth Farley at; (631) 632-7637.


Mini-grant deadline extended

7 Jan

Are you looking for funding for critical thinking and civics education?  Are you located in the greater Chicago area?  Partner with the Center for News Literacy!  We’ve extended our deadline!


News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources. It enables citizens to become smarter consumers and creators of fact-based information. It helps them develop informed perspectives and the navigational skills to become effective citizens in a digitally connected society. News literacy programs also emphasize the importance of news and information, the value of reliable sources and appreciation of First Amendment freedoms.

The News Literacy Mini-Grant program was established to provide small grants through a streamlined process. This application form is intended to make it easy for you to describe your proposal and partner with the Center for News Literacy and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s “Why News Matters” grant-making program to help spread critical thinking skills.

Our goal is to speed the adoption of news literacy courses around the country with the idea that “Early Money is Like Yeast”.  We want you to help us reach our goal!
About our Mini-Grants:
Applicants and proposals must be located in the Chicagoland area.   Ideas can be submitted by 501c3 nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals and businesses partnering with tax-exempt organizations.  If you are not a tax exempt organization, be advised that taxes will apply.


Please read through the application carefully.  If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Farley at the Center for News Literacy.

For more information about the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and it’s “Why News Matters” initiative, please visit

For more information about the center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, please visit