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News Literacy Project Brings Journalists Into the Classroom

October 16, 2010

Sheryl Stolberg, of the New York Times, leads a class at Whitman.  Credit Alan Miller

Alan Miller first got the idea for what would become the News Literacy Project [an innovative national educational program that is mobilizing seasoned journalists to help middle school and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age.] in 1996. A Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter for the LA Times, he had recently finished speaking to 175 sixth graders at Thomas W. Pyle MiddleSchool, where his daughter attended school, about journalism and why it matters.

After receiving 175 handwritten thank-you notes, “I realized that what I had shared with them really resonated,” said Miller, a Bethesda resident. At the same time, he saw his daughter, then 12, grappling with what he called a “tsunami” of news and information from a wide variety of both credible and not-so-credible sources online. More…

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