Wednesday, March 6, 2013

News know-how a shared objective for libraries and journalism

In the March/April edition of American Libraries, a brief notice states that three public libraries will receive more than $50,000 worth of training and support to participate in the News Know-how initiative.

News Know-how is a campaign of the American Library Association, with lead training provided by News Literacy Project, Inc. The two-year news literacy education project was launched in February 2012.

As stated in American Libraries, News Know-how will help students distinguish between fact and opinion, propaganda and news, and check news and information sources.

Grants were awarded in 2013 to San Antonio Public Library, San Jose Public Library and the State Library of Iowa. Each will recruit 10th- to 12th-graders in their communities to receive instruction from librarians, journalists and news ethicists.

As a stakeholder on both fronts, I consider information literacy to be an important and shared objective for libraries and journalism. Media consumers of all ages can benefit by being aware of credibility and bias.

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