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News Literacy seminar sessions set

August 26, 2014

Here’s the run down of the News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar Sept. 18 at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. We are putting on this seminar thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation. The $25 registration fee will be waived for the first 50 attendees because of the grant. Have staffers register with me at

10:10 a.m. The Case for News Literacy: Why sorting fact from fiction is a vital 21st Century skill

In this session, the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for educational programs, Peter Adams, gives an overview of the field of news literacy and explores the ways our rapidly changing information landscape makes these skills some of the most vital for 21st century students and citizens.

Keynote speaker: Peter Adams, senior vice president of education, News Literacy Project

11:15 a.m.

Engaging news consumers about News Literacy

David Porter, editor/publisher of the Lebanon (Ill.) Adverttiser and former communications director for the Illinois Press Association, leads this session on how to use your news product to engage readers/listerners on the importance of news literacy.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. The First Amendment: An amendment under fire

A panel discussion, led by Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and its First Amendment Center, on today’s challenges to the First Amendment’s five freedoms from freedom of the press – along with assembly and petition – in Ferguson, Mo., to an attempt in Congress “to amend the amendment” to limit free speech for the first time since 1791.

2 p.m. The Future of News

First, news organizations strived to be “web-first.” Then came “digital-first.” Now there’s “mobile-first.” Emily Withrow, an assistant professor of Journalism at Northwestern University, discusses best practices for wading through new trends and technologies to determine where news online is headed, and when and how to jump on board.



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