“Reuters is proud to be part of this initiative,” said Martin Howell, head of editorial learning for Reuters in the Americas.
“It is essential that new generations not only know about the importance of a thriving and diverse media industry but that they can also tell the difference between opinion-based and fact-based journalism,” he said. “Our journalists understand the importance of sharing their experience and tackling these critical questions with students and do so in many parts of the world.”
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More than 160 journalists have enrolled in the News Literacy Project’s online directory. The project’s journalist fellows have made presentations in numerous classrooms, worked with students on multimedia projects in extended-day and after-school programs and helped produce the project’s video reports. They also have been featured at special events.
The project will work with at least 25 teachers and 1,600 students in 10 middle schools and high schools in New York City, Chicago and Bethesda, Md., in the 2010-2011 school year.