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If you didn't participate in the conference, this is an opportunity to "attend" the conference yourself. More...
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Who, What, When, Where and Why?More...
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A conversation with Ken Auletta , Media Writer for the New Yorker More...
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Panel discussions, reports from News Literacy innovators, a keynote conversation with Ken Auletta, Media Writer for the New Yorker. More...
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Identify strategies, infrastructure, allies and materials needed to grow from teaching thousands of students in 2011 to teaching millions of Americans in 2013. More...

What is News Literacy

News Literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources. Students today are bombarded with blogs, "tweets," rumors, gossip, opinion, punditry, hype, spin, bias, propaganda, and advertising, all vying with journalism in their claims to be credible. News Literacy is an essential skill if today's high school and college students are to become not just intelligent consumers of news, but effective citizens.
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News Literacy 2.0 - Welcome
Opening remarks by: Howard Schneider, Dean, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University
Presenter:
"Lightning Round" - Session One: Reports from the Front
Innovators in News Literacy
Moderator:
  • Dean Miller, Director, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University
Presenters:
  • Fred Blevens, Professor, Honors Fellow, Florida International University
  • Stephanie Craft, Professor, School of Journalism, University of Missouri
  • Michael Spikes, Mass Media & Communications Teacher, Roosevelt Senior High School, Washington, DC
  • Alan Miller, President and CEO, The News Literacy Project
Separating Fact from Fiction in the Digital Age
Moderator: Panelists:
  • Dan Gillmor, Director, Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Jeff Jarvis, Director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Tom Rosenstiel, Founder and Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism
  • Melinda Wittstock, Founder and CEO, Capitol News Connection
News Literacy on the Web: Sharing Resources
Presenters:
Sample News Literacy Class Lesson
Presenter:
  • Steven Reiner, Associate Professor, Stony Brook University and Former Producer, CBS News 60 Minutes
A Town Hall Style Meeting
Getting the Message to Millions

A group discussion on News Literacy strategies, infrastructure, allies and materials needed to grow from teaching thousands of students in 2011 to teaching millions of Americans in 2013.
Assessing Outcomes
Building Common Standards and Tools
Presenters:
  • Dean Miller, Director, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University
  • Stephanie Craft, Professor, School of Journalism, University of Missouri
  • Alan Miller, President and CEO, The News Literacy Project
  • Kristina Wylie, Teacher, The Facing History School, New York
  • Eileen Zombro, Teacher, Sacajawea Middle School, Bozeman, Montana
  • Whitney Allgood, Chief of Staff, The News Literacy Project
Sample News Literacy Class Lesson
Presenter:
  • Rick Hornik, Adjunct Professor, Stony Brook University and Former Business Editor, European Edition, TIME
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
Authors and Presenters:
A Keynote Conversation with Ken Auletta
Conducted by Howard Schneider, Dean, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University
Presenter:
  • Ken Auletta, Ken Auletta, Media Writer, The New Yorker
"Lightning Round" - Session Two: Reports from the Front
Innovators in News Literacy
Moderator:
  • Dean Miller, Director, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University
Presenters:
  • Jennifer Fleming, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • Geanne Rosenberg, Professor, Baruch College, New York
  • Donna Mon, Professor, Nassau Community College, New York
  • David Porter, Communications and Marketing Director, Illinois Press Association
The New Role of the News Consumer
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Testimonials

The conference was splendid. I've learned a lot of specific techniques that I will insert into all my teaching from now on.
Acting Dean, LSU Manship School of Communication| Ralph Izard
I already knew that News Literacy was something very, very important, but now I have a burning need to move this along on my campus.
Communications Department, Brigham Young University| Dale Cressman
So much inspiration came from the grassroots delegates who are actually teaching and practicing the principles of News Literacy all over the country.
Advisory Board Chair, Center for News Literacy| Andrew Heyward

The Big Idea: How your Univerisity or High school can participate

What if courses in News Literacy could dramatically spread from coast-to-coast to dozens of universities and scores of high schools in the next year? What if there was a way to fund the growth so that the universities and local school districts, many of them resource-starved, would not have to initially pay any cost?

What if there was a way to marry the growing need for News Literacy education with a pool of experienced professionals who are out-of-work, just waiting to have their talent and passion re-directed into the classroom? "

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