La Salle University, in partnership with MediaWise, offers groundbreaking Google-powered media literacy training for local youth
Philadelphia, PA | 20th March 2019 – La Salle University (“La Salle”) announced today that it is partnering with MediaWise to offer a range of digital literacy training courses for high and middle school students in the Philadelphia area.
The MediaWise project, led by the Poynter Institute and funded by Google.org, is part of the Google News Initiative. The goal of the nonprofit project is to teach 1 million teenagers – at least half from underserved communities – how to separate fact from fiction online by 2020.
La Salle will be MediaWise’s exclusive partner for higher education events in the greater Philadelphia area, with the first of the teenage trainings for the 6th. La Salle will bring MediaWise back to the area for at least three more presentations at local schools this fall. Dates and locations for these training courses will be announced in the coming months.
“We are very excited to be working with MediaWise to bring this innovative and important education to our region,” said Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University. “Explorers navigate the world around them with clarity and confidence. Today, especially in the digital environment, this means separating facts from fiction and viewing content critically. La Salle would like to equip every teenager with these skills. “
Research has shown that fictional stories on social media often drown out the truth, with falsehoods circulating faster and more shared than accurate news. The MediaWise curriculum is developed by the Stanford History Education Group and is based on research into how professional fact checkers, historians and college students navigate the multitude of digital information available. The researchers quickly found that the fact checkers were much better than the other two groups at identifying which information was reliable and trustworthy. The curriculum aims to provide students with these fact-checking skills to help them become more sophisticated content consumers.
“We are thrilled to bring MediaWise to the city of brotherly love with the help of La Salle University,” said Katy Byron, editor and program manager, MediaWise. “Our courses are fun and interactive and use Instagram, Snapchat and other platforms that they already use on a daily basis. It is important to us that we speak their language and use examples of misinformation from real life so that they feel that they are using these skills themselves. “
MediaWise is led by the Poynter Institute in partnership with the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), the Local Media Association (LMA), and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). It is part of the Google News Initiative and is funded by Google.org. The program aims to train 1 million teenagers to learn facts from online fiction by 2020, with at least half of them coming from underserved or low-income communities.
About the Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a world leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and public discourse in the 21st century. The Poynter Faculty gives seminars and workshops at the institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as at conferences and organizations around the world. The News University e-learning department offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum, with hundreds of interactive courses and tens of thousands of registered international users. The Institute’s website, poynter.org, provides 24 hour coverage of the media, ethics, technology and the news business. Poynter is home to the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, the International Fact-Checking Network, and MediaWise, a youth digital information literacy project. The world’s best journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentaries and broadcasters. This work creates public awareness of journalism, the media, the First Amendment and discourses that serve democracy and the public good. Learn more at poynter.org.
About the University of La Salle
La Salle University was founded in 1863 by the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Teaching Order of Brothers of Christian Schools founded by St. La Salle in 1680. La Salle University is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholics and Lasallian values and has been consistently recognized for its excellence and worth by US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education, Money Magazine, Forbes, and The Princeton Review accepted. The New York Times ranked La Salle in the top 6 percent nationwide for the median income of its graduates at age 34. This includes more than 1,000 schools, universities, and educational centers, as well as 65 colleges and universities, six of which are in the United States. www.lasalle.edu