GOOGLE – Supporting Media Literacy Through New Partnerships

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Student Reporting Labs will create educational resources to teach young people how they can have honest conversations about misinformation with their older relatives and friends. We hope that both new audiences and those who are already familiar with PBS NewsHour or local media station partners will join forces to tackle misinformation.

” Through storytelling and coproduction with students we’ll explore media literacy needs from different generations and communities, and how they can link with one another to find solutions,” Leah Clapman, SRL founder, said.

Expanding to rural communities with News Literacy Project

Through online classes, events and in-person visits to schools, the News Literacy Project (NLP) provides media literacy education to students, educators and the public. More than 300,000 students have completed lessons on NLP’s virtual classroom platform, Checkology, since its launch in 2016.

The partnership with Google News Initiative will allow the NLP to bring their Newsroom and Classroom programs to more educators and journalists. NLP is expanding to rural areas in California, Colorado and Texas as well as Iowa, Nebraska, which have been particularly affected by the decline of local news. Claudia Borgelt (Vice President of Development at NLP), says

“News literacy “is an essential skill for everybody everywhere in a healthy democracy.” “Access to news literacy education should not be limited by a community’s zip code.”

Expanding Spanish-language resources with Poynter’s MediaWise

Our efforts extend beyond students and educators. The GNI was the original supporter of Poynter’s MediaWise project, which was initially focused on students and has since expanded to seniors. Launched in 2020, the MediaWise for Seniors program has trained more than half a million Americans to date. We’re teaming up with the team to translate “How to Spot Misinformation Online” into Spanish and create a text-based course via SMS. This is how seniors share and find news.

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