News literacy

API provides many different resources that news organizations, educators, advisors, parents and students can use to better understand how news and media works.

Below you will find our other reports or curated insights on this topic.

How to find out if a photo your friend posted online is fake

Just because a picture speaks a thousand words doesn’t mean it has to be true. Watch out for abuses of this photo of Mark Zuckerberg holding up a paper sign, for instance. Many are fakes. In the video below, Mary Owen, former reporter at the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press and Chicago program manager […]

Transforming a longtime youth news product to match new behaviors: 7 good questions with Channel One News

When I was a kid in school, I watched the Channel One News program on old, wall-mounted TVs that turned on automatically during homeroom. But over the years, Channel One News has had to recognize that kids and teachers alike are using a variety of devices and platforms to consume information, including videos. Channel One […]

How to lean against your biases: A conversation with Daniel Kahneman

It’s not hard to find a reason to recommend Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman’s book helps understand not only human behavior and decision making, but also journalism and how news stories are reported. His work describes the ways people interpret information incorrectly or with bias — flaws in thinking that can seep […]

Social and demographic differences in news habits and attitudes

Young people are active news consumers, with particular attentiveness to breaking news The survey data provide a broad challenge to the notion that younger adults in the digital age are uninterested or are turning away from news about the world. Across a range of metrics—frequency, enjoyment, variety of topic interests, and more—younger adults are high […]

Modernizing news in the classroom: 7 good questions with the New York Times’ ‘The Learning Network’

Take a look at the New York Times’ blog directory and you’ll see one that’s different than the others: The Learning Network. Originally, in 1998, The Learning Network was the Times’ platform to provide teachers with lessons plans based on Times’ content. In 2009, however, they transformed the platform — and really, the whole idea […]

Breaking down barriers to reading news: 7 good questions with Newsela’s Jennifer Coogan

Newsela is a less-than-a-year-old educational technology startup that uses news articles to teach reading comprehension to youth. What makes Newsela unique is that Chief Content Officer Jennifer Coogan and her team of a dozen freelancers break down and rewrite news relevant to youth, creating versions of the same story at different reading levels. They do […]

Planning for tomorrow’s 20-somethings: 6 good questions with youth researcher Danah Boyd

Danah Boyd is a well-known and well-Twitter-followed scholar on topics of both youth and social media. She’s a principal researcher at Microsoft, a research assistant professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center. Very recently, you might have seen news of the launch of danah’s think/do […]

NIE Week 2014: A new curriculum resource and more

As we approach News in Education Week (March 3 – 7), we wanted to highlight our curriculum resource created for 2014, Introduction to News Literacy (PDF). This curriculum is a condensed and modernized version of the High Five 2012 curriculum, offering three units of media literacy activities and lessons. Each unit takes about one or […]

Six questions that will tell you what media to trust

You may encounter media today from any number of sources, from traditional news sources to social media to email. How do you know what to trust?

Four publications receive API-supported awards for young reader programs from WAN-IFRA

PARIS – The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has announced its World Young Reader Prize winners for 2013, including awards to four publications that earned distinctions in American Press Institute-supported “Enduring Excellence” categories.