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Univision Joins the News Literacy Project

Univision Communications Inc., the country’s leading media company serving the Hispanic community, has joined the News Literacy Project as a participating organization.

“We are honored to partner with the News Literacy Project and leverage our world-class Univision News organization to help students across the country understand the importance and value of news consumption in their educational development,” said Isaac Lee, Univision’s president of news. “This collaboration extends our mission of informing, entertaining and empowering our community.”

The company’s assets include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S.; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision Interactive Media, which includes, the leading Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S.

Univision is the 20th news organization to join the News Literacy Project. The others are The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Associated Press, NPR, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, ProPublica, Slate, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Chicago Sun-Times and WTOP radio.

More than 175 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 is working with 28 teachers and more than 1,700 students in 12 schools in New York City, Chicago, and Bethesda, Md., during the 2010-2011 school year.