News Literacy conference to start

What is reputed to be the first-ever conference on how to teach high school and college students about news literacy is starting Wednesday at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

“News Literacy: Setting a National Agenda” will be attended by journalists including veteran reporter Ted Koppel and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.,  journalism school deans, department chairs and professors from some 36 schools around the country, including my own.

Our task is not a simple one:  How do we teach students to not only realize why the news is important their lives but to judge good journalism from spin?

I’m looking forward to the information and the ideas. I will blog and tweet from the conference. I also welcome you to leave your comments here or tweet me @marducey with any comments/suggestions you might have.

The event is sponsored by the Ford Foundation in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and McCormick Foundation.

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