The American Library Association (ALA) seeks three public libraries from around the United States to participate in year two of its “News Know-how” Program that will engage students working through and with librarians, journalists, news ethicists in a news literacy education program, funded by the Open Society Foundations.
The Program seeks to create partnerships and collaborations for a nonpartisan, critical analysis of news and information. In addition high school students (grades 10-12), with public libraries as their “newsroom,” will learn how to distinguish facts from opinions; how to check the source and validity of news and information, and how to identify propaganda and misinformation.
Through the support of libraries under this initiative, students will be given the tools to assess the accuracy and credibility of news and information access across various media and platforms. They will also be encouraged to practice news literacy by engaging with the media in their communities.
Students will learn information literacy principles to help them develop critical thinking skills and analyze news coverage in all of its formats, and will have an opportunity to work with professional journalists and librarians as mentors and will create projects that will be shared online. Please see www.newsknowhow.org for more information and examples of student projects (expected to be up by November 19).
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with nearly 60,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
To find out more about the program and how to apply, please download an application.