CBS News Joins the News Literacy Project

CBS News has joined the News Literacy Project, making it the fourth major television partner and the 16th news organization overall to participate. It has endorsed the project and is giving its journalists the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and in other capacities.

“At a time when there are fewer and fewer ‘gatekeepers’ and more and more sources of information, it is critical that students learn how to distinguish verified information from untested messages, opinion, advertising and propaganda,’’ said Sean McManus, president of CBS News.“I look forward to the participation of CBS News staff members, and to making our facilities available to students and other participants.”

CBS News joins The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, ProPublica, Slate and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting as a participating news organization. The CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” is also a participant.

More than 150 journalists have enrolled in the News Literacy Project’s online directory. The project’s journalist fellows have made presentations in numerous classrooms, worked with students on multimedia projects in extended-day and after-school programs, helped produce the project’s video reports and been featured at special events.