News Literacy Project’s Online Directory Hits Century Mark

The News Literacy Project listed its 100th volunteer journalist in its online directory this week.

The latest addition to the roster is Deborah Amos of NPR, who joins other prominent current or former reporters, editors, correspondents, photographers, producers and graphic artists who have agreed to participate in the project.

The directory includes biographical information and a photograph of each journalist fellow. Middle school and high school teachers participating in the project can match the journalists’ backgrounds with the topics being studied and request specific journalists to speak to their classes.

Many of the journalists will go into classrooms to discuss how they do their work and to explain the standards and values of quality journalism. Others will engage in hands-on activities with students, focusing on discerning verified information from raw information, opinion and propaganda. Some will enlist in an after-school apprenticeship program with the project’s partner, Citizen Schools.

More than a quarter of the journalist fellows have already visited classrooms, enrolled in after-school programs or worked on the project’s initial promotional video. Some have contributed ideas for the curriculum and begun to help train fellow journalists.

Most of the journalists currently work for, or were previously employed by, the project’s initial participating news organizations: The New York Times, “60 Minutes,” USA Today, ABC News, The Washington Post, CNN and NPR Many are based in New York City or the Washington, D.C., area — the two locations where the project is conducting its initial pilots.