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LA Times Media Columnist Praises News Literacy Project

James Rainey, the Los Angeles Times media columnist, has applauded the News Literacy Project.

In his column on Jan. 11,"Write away, student journalists,"Rainey wrote:  "The founder of the News Literacy Project thinks the explosion of news on the Internet makes this a time when students need more, not less, understanding of how to find the truth.  Beginning next month with pilot efforts in New York and Maryland, the project will send professional journalists to teach middle and high school students how to `distinguish verified information from raw messages, spin, gossip and opinion,’ said Alan Miller, a former L.A. Times reporter who conceived the project.  Amen. Maybe when it spreads the curriculum around the country (as planned), it will begin to put a dent in those e-mails I keep getting from those happy dunderheads who just know something is true because `it’s all over the blogs.’"