“We at NPR believe it is vital to help young people become discerning media consumers,” NPR President Vivian Schiller said. “The skills the News Literacy Project is bringing into the classroom are vital to ensuring an informed citizenry, which is the bedrock of a vibrant democracy. We are delighted to participate.”
Schiller also chairs the News Literacy Project’s board.
NPR is giving its journalists the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and is helping to identify former employees who might be interested in doing so.
Steve Inskeep, co-host of “Morning Edition.” Laura Sydell, a digital culture correspondent, and investigative reporter Daniel Zwerdling are already participating in the News Literacy Project as journalist fellows. Zwerdling provided the narration for the project’s recently completed promotional video.
NPR joins The New York Times, ABC News, USA Today, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” The Washington Post and CNN in supporting the project.