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Program set for News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar Oct. 22 at the Daily Herald

October 15, 2014

News Literacy, the First Amendment and the Future of News seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill. The program includes:

10 a.m. Welcome and introductions

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

Publishing platforms, digital metrics, mobile apps: Tim Kelley, digital media manager for Captial Newspapers in Madison and director for digital engagement for Lee Newspapers, will review fast-changing trends and technology, try to target the best opportunities for future digital efforts using limited resources, and maybe even explore the question: Can robots replace journalists?

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. However, the first 50 to sign up will have their registration waived thanks to a grant by the McCormick Foundation, which is sponsoring the seminar. To register contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

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