At Columbia Journalism Review, Ben Adler writes about a move to bring news literacy lessons online:
In the fall of 2011, the start of its third academic year of existence, the News Literacy Project created a “digital unit.” It was the first of its kind; NLP and the other major news literacy program, the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, were created to teach high schoolers students and college students, respectively, how to navigate the dizzying, often suspect streams of information available online. But they only delivered these lessons the old-fashioned, labor-intensive, analog way: in person. If you lived in Kentucky, you were out of luck.
As a leader in the field, NLP plans to change that, although its current program—which is acting as a template for a planned national, open-access, Web-available course the group plans to launch by the end of the year—is kept on flash drives, offered for free to participating school districts. Once rolled out, the national course will be downloadable from NLP’s website.
Alan Miller, a former Los Angeles Times reporter, runs NLP in Bethesda, MD. He says that the organization has been working over the last few years to refine its digital unit.
“There are two principal ways that we are moving to scale online,” says Miller. “The bigger mover is the digital unit… We distilled the essence of what we’ve learned and done in the classroom.”