All About The News Literacy Project

Can Your Students Tell Fact from Fiction?

The News Literacy Project, (NLP), a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

By 2022, the News Literacy Project plans to build a community of 20,000 educators who, using NLP programs and resources, will teach news literacy skills to 3 million middle and high school students each year. NLP will also lead efforts to increase public awareness of news literacy and to equip people of all ages with the ability to discern fact from fiction.

“News literacy is the ability to determine the credibility of news and other content, to identify different types of information, and to use the Can standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism to discern credible sources and content from misinformation and unreliable sources.” (NLP)

The News Literacy Project offers several resources and services for educators, including an online learning platform, a free weekly newsletter, professional development opportunities, a variety of classroom materials, and more. Keep reading to learn all about what the News Literacy Project has to offer!

Checkology® virtual classroom

What is Checkology? Checkology, News Literacy Project’s free e-learning platform, will help you and your students become more news-literate.

    • More than a dozen interactive lessons, hosted by noted journalists and experts on the First Amendment and digital media.
    • Teacher guide with national standards alignment and comprehensive blended e-learning strategies, including PBL and civic engagement extensions.
    • Individual student accounts for one-to-one instruction.

NLP’s New Podcast Series, Is that a fact?

The podcast series features experts who address the question, “How can American democracy survive and thrive in our toxic information environment?

Check out Season 1, Episode 5 – “Here’s what we know about Russia’s disinformation campaigns” with Deen Freelon, an associate professor at the Hussman school of Journalism and Media at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The News Literacy Project’s upcoming professional  learning options: 

  • Checkology Office Hours: Webinars, the last Thursday of the month, registration link 
  • NewsLitCamp, Dec. 10th, with the Texas Tribune – national, open for all educators!


News Literacy Educator Community

The News Literacy Project is launching an educator network in January 2021 for educators across the country. This largely virtual network will be a user-friendly tool that allows educators:

    • to come together as an online community;
    • participate in professional development opportunities;
    • track progress to professional development goals;
    • and register early for training events.

The network also will provide educators the opportunity to learn best practices from others in the field and to access exclusive resources, supports, and incentives. Sign up for the updates at NLP Educators.

NLP Resources & Downloadable Infographics

NLP Contacts and Social Media Accounts:

For more information visit NLP or contact: Shaelynn Farnsworth, National Director of Educator Outreach and Success, News Literacy Project.  Twitter: @shfarnsworth  e-mail:

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