Dean Miller, Director, Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University
A news librarian explains the importance of news and information literacy for students and faculty alike.
This issue of Youth Media Reporter unpacks this field of news literacy for a youth media audience, bringing a fresh perspective to youth media practice.
People who are citizens in an information age have got to learn to think like journalists.
Youth media practitioners must encourage students to identify “real” news and information. News literacy as a way to identify and build upon a skill set that youth media programs already aim to build in young people.
Something is missing from our public school curriculum when a high school senior does not know what a journalist does, or why it is important to think about where his or her information is coming from.
For youth media educators, the UJW is a case study that helps present how accuracy is the most important element of news and that correction is necessary to inaccuracy.
All educators have the means to be news literacy instructors. Critical thinking is an end teachers hope to achieve, regardless of content area.