The Post is giving its journalists the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and will help identify former employees who might be interested in doing so. It is also providing copies of the paper to classes where the project’s curriculum is being taught.
Style section reporter DeNeen Brown, investigative reporter James Grimaldi and national editor Kevin Merida are among more than 75 journalists who have already enrolled as News Literacy Project fellows.
“At a time when young people are being inundated with information from an unlimited number of sources, the News Literacy Project promotes critical thinking and gives students the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction,” said Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post. “The Washington Post is proud to partner with a program that is turning this next generation into well-informed citizens.”
The Post joins The New York Times, ABC News, USA Today and CBS’s “60 Minutes” in supporting the project. Its agreement to participate comes as the project is launching a pilot at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., which is located in the Post’s circulation area.