There may be no more critical link to the next generation of readers than the News Literacy Project,” said John Barron, publisher of the Sun-Times.“It provides vital information about trusted sources … and about trusting sources,” Barron said. “Equally important, it fosters an invaluable person-to-person connection between media professionals and the coming wave of news consumers. We at the Chicago Sun-Times and Sun-Times Media are proud to partner with the NLP.”
More than 175 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, and helped produce the project’s video reports. They also have been featured at special events.The project is partnering with seven middle schools and high schools in Chicago this school year. It will work with at least 25 teachers and 1,700 students in 12 schools in Chicago, New York City and Bethesda, Md., in the 2010-2011 school year.