Baruch College Hosts News Literacy Summit on Nov. 12

250 NYC High School Students Will Learn to be Discerning in News Consumption, Creation

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New York, NY, Nov. 8, 2010 Baruch College announced today that its Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions will welcome 250 high school students from 10 New York City schools to campus on Friday, Nov. 12 for a News Literacy Summit, where they will learn to become critical consumers of news information. The students, most of who are attending with their social studies classes, will also learn to be credible creators and disseminators of news content through outlets such as Facebook, MySpace and personal blogs.

Teachers, administrators, journalists and journalism educators from around the country -- approximately 300 attendees in all -- will convene at Baruch College for an all-day series of meetings, panel discussions and workshops intended to raise the profile of news literacy education. At the same time, summit organizers hope to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to enable them to filter and evaluate the “news” that is directed at them through so many channels, including online, broadcast, print and mobile devices.

“Not too long ago, people got their news from newspapers and network news stations and people were more or less on the same page in terms of understanding the major issues of the day,” said Geanne Rosenberg, Chair, Baruch College Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. “Now, information is fragmented across the Internet in a vast jumble that includes everything from propaganda, to opinion, to falsity, to independently reported news information. The public needs to have the tools to mine through online information, understand the difference amoung sources, assess credibility, verify information, and also to be responsible contributors to online content.”

During the summit, students will have the opportunity to participate in three out of 16 different workshops exploring a wide range of topics related to the consumption and creation of news. Some of the issues that students will consider during the day include:

  • Differences between legitimate and illegitimate news sources

  • The importance of an independent press in a democracy

  • The role of the press and the public in holding government accountable

  • An individual’s responsibility to stay informed and to challenge their own biases

ABC News anchor, Ron Claiborne, will deliver the keynote address.

Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions is working in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center, Stony Brook’s Center for News Literacy, Alan Miller and The News Literacy project, Juana Ponce de Leon and the New York Community Media Alliance, the Newseum, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Tom Rosenstiel, The Poynter Institute, Columbia University’s School of Journalism and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to create this event, which is possible because of the generous support of the McCormick Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Harnisch Foundation.

For more information, please visit http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/hsnewsliteracy/.

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Pauly, 646-660-6129; Jennifer.pauly@baruch.cuny.edu, Mercedes Sanchez (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu