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 fsubervi@kent.edu, or 330-672-6287 (office) 512-965-5267 (mobile).The project coordinator in Chicago is Stan Zoller, (SEZoller@gmail.com; 847-421-5278.)

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

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