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Oak Park Patch

Casey Cora
The exercise began with a hypothetical. You’re a reporter and a tanker truck overturns, spilling an unidentified green goo onto Lake Street and into Oak Park’s sewer system.

What’s your first move? What happens when the chemical and hauling companies say the material is perfectly safe? What’s the value of eyewitness accounts? What about Tweets and YouTube videos? Who can you trust?

“There’s a reason journalism is called the first draft of history,” instructor Peter Adams tells a group of nine local high school students, then guides them through the process of reporting breaking news and subsequent follow-ups.

The rapid-fire Q & A served as an introduction to one the first lessons of News Know-How, a collaboration by the American Library Association and the News Literacy Project.


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