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Sun-Times Kirk to join speakers line up at News Literacy seminar in September

August 5, 2015

Jim Kirk, editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, is the latest addition to the speaker line up for the News Literacy seminar Sept. 17, at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.

Kirk will speak on the future of news.

Mid American Press Institute, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Assn. and the Communication Department at Northern Illinois University are sponsoring the day-long seminar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center, DeKalb.

The $25 registration fee will be waived for the first 50 journalists and educators to register thanks to a grant from the McCormick Foundation. To register, email MPI Executive Director John Ryan at

The sessions will also be videoed for future use by journalists and educators as part of the grant.

The following is the tentative program:


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.

11:15 a.m.

Engaging news consumers about News Literacy

All will discuss the need for and how to engage readers regarding News Literacy. Panel discussion including:

* Stan Zoller, journalism lecturer at Lake Forest College who is involved with the Center For News Literacy @ Stony Brook University and ISBE’s Citizen’s Advocacy Center.

* Michael Spikes, director of the Digital Resource Center for the Center for News Literacy.

* Andrea Guzman, NIU journalism professor who specializes in digital and new media.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m.

The First Amendment: An amendment under fire

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.

2 p.m.

The Future of News

Jim Kirk, Editor/Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, will share his vision about the fast-changing trends and technology, and how to target the best opportunities for future digital efforts using limited resources.

End 3 p.m.

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