Nilkanth Patel, an editorial production associate at The New Yorker, leads a workshop in InDesign for student journalists at KIPP NYC College Prep. Photo by Meredith W. Goncalves
Dramatic Growth in Numbers and Major New Support
NLP has made dramatic progress this fall in some of the nation’s largest school districts with our one-week digital unit. As a result, we are reaching significantly larger numbers of both schools and students than at any other time in our history.
We have already served a total of 3,721 students in our three regions in the first four months of the 2013-14 school year. This is more than we reached in the entire 2012-13 school year, which was our highest total to that point. We expect our numbers to be far bigger in the second semester of the current school year.
The digital units, which retain the voice of our journalists from each region through narrated videos and a live webinar, have been delivered to 29 schools and 2,739 students this fall. Our more resource-intensive classroom program, which is generally done over two to three weeks, has reached an additional 17 schools and 982 students.
The New York City schools (the country’s largest school district), Chicago Public Schools (#3) and Fairfax County (Va.) public schools (#11), are currently promoting the digital unit. Curriculum supervisors for Montgomery County (Md.) schools (#15) said the unit “looks terrific” and will make it available districtwide in 2014.
We also achieved a milestone on Dec. 12 when our webinar with Tom Hamburger, a national reporter at The Washington Post, connected 13 schools and hundreds of students in all three of our regions. This is the first time an NLP webinar engaged all three regions simultaneously, with students in New York City, Chicago and the D.C. area responding to instant poll questions and asking questions of the presenter.
This impressive growth will be buttressed by new funding in the near future:
- The Charles H. Revson Foundation is renewing NLP’s three-year $600,000 grant for 2014 through 2016 to implement our three-year operational plan and move to scale in New York City and nationally (the foundation required that the grant not exceed certain percentages of NLP’s budget in 2015 and 2016);
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving NLP a $175,000 grant for 2014 to implement our operational plan and move to scale in Chicago and nationally;
- Bloomberg LP donated $62,000 to NLP to partner with its New York and Washington bureaus on after-school programs and with its Chicago bureau on a classroom program this spring.
In addition, NLP has nearly met the Sun-Times Foundation’s $25,000 challenge grant that was mentioned in our last newsletter. Thanks to those of you whose thoughtful gifts have helped get us this far.
New donors can contribute to NLP online at www.thenewsliteracyproject.org. Contributions up to $1,000 will be fully matched until Jan. 15, 2014, or until the challenge is met, whichever comes first.