News Literacy Project Launches In Miami-Dade Public Library System

Jun 8, 2017

Young people are exposed to a lot of media each day. The News Literacy Project aims to help them sort through it all. 

The program is available internationally through a virtual classroom curriculum. It's coming to the Miami-Dade Public Library system this summer--thanks in part to a grant from the Knight Foundation.

"It’s really giving young people the tools to determine what to trust, what to share, what to act on as students and as citizens," says News Literacy Project President and CEO Alan Miller.

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The program launched Wednesday at the Coral Gables Branch Library with a panel on journalism, featuring Miller as well as Mirta Ojito, senior director, news standards at Telemundo; Jennifer Preston, vice president for Journalism of the Knight Foundation, and Leila Khalil of the Miami-Dade Public Library system. Enrique Acevedo of Univision moderated.

The panel discussed how to preserve trust in journalism, how algorithms on social media sites effect which news people see and journalist appearances on cable news among other things. Khalil said she thought the partnership between journalists and librarians is an appropriate one because both professions are dedicated to truth-seeking.

"There's a saying that we like to use in the library that Google can give you a million answers, but a librarian can give you the right one," Khalil said.

To find out more about how to sign up, click here.