|Dana Ballout of Al Jazeera America works with students earlier this year at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md. Photo by Maureen Freeman
New Funding and Partnerships
Support for NLP continues to grow with the announcements of two new grants and two significant partnerships.
AT&T is providing $35,000 to develop an app to support NLP’s ambitious digital unit 2.0 (scheduled for release at the start of the 2015-16 school year). And thanks to a $15,000 grant from HBO, NLP’s collaboration with the cable network’s “Young Media Minds” program and partnership with De La Salle Academy and other schools in New York City will continue in the 2014-15 school year.
In addition, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation has approved two two-year grants to fund national initiatives that include NLP as a major partner.
The first grant will enable NLP to work with Facing History and Ourselves to develop a new curricular module for the respected international nonprofit education organization. This effort will focus on the choices that editors, producers and reporters made in deciding what news to cover and how to report it in the context of such 20th-century historical events as the genocide in Rwanda and the U.S. civil rights movement. It will also teach students to reflect on the choices they make in deciding what news and information they consume, believe and act on.
The second grant will support the National Community and News Literacy Roundtables project. NLP is partnering with the American Society of News Editors and the American Press Institute to produce a series of roundtables in dozens of local communities focusing on “hot button” issues. The roundtables will serve as a springboard to provide these communities with news literacy tools and training.
The roundtables initiative is seeking a project manager. Applicants can learn more here.
Both partnerships represent new ways for NLP to help bring news literacy education to scale. We are grateful for this support, which will help us continue to grow in our major markets and nationally.