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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Something to think about…

27 Jul

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Who we are…

27 Jul

The Midwest Journalism Education Initiative supports journalism education by providing advocacy, outreach and resources.  Its focus is on those schools and student and teacher populations in need of a catalyst to develop or enhance a journalism education program,

The MJEI also strives to develop initiatives with scholastic and collegiate press organizations to foster strong working relationships strength with local, regional, and state governing bodies.

In the same way the First Amendment grants a free press to all Americans, the MJEI will work with public and private schools regardless of religious or cultural affiliations.

Coming Soon

23 Apr

Check here for complete information about the MEJI’s collaborative reporting project for Chicago area scholastic journalism programs, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.  For complete information, email us at  MidwestJEI@Gmail.com