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WTOP Joins the News Literacy Project

WTOP, an all-news radio station in Washington, D.C., has joined the News Literacy Project, making it the first radio station and the 19th news organization to participate.

“In this new media age, the old, basic tenets of journalism are as important as ever,” said Mike McMearty, news director of WTOP. “If the News Literacy Project can instill the values of objective, fact-based journalism into the minds of our young students, then the staff at WTOP Radio can only stand and applaud the effort.”

WTOP (103.5 FM in the Washington area) joins 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 and the Chicago Sun-Times as a participating news organization.

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.