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REPORT: Approaches to fostering youth’s news literacy

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The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has published a report on news literacy initiatives around the world. Authored by Aralynn McMane and Wendy Tribaldos, the report lists 130 examples of how news literacy is being taught to children and youth.

The report’s seven sections cover particular issues and highlight best practices. For example, introducing young people to the practices of journalism and arranging meet-ups with journalists is a good way of enhancing their news literacy. However, these projects should be engaging and based on interaction rather than on one-sided lecturing, the report suggests.

The report links to a wealth of resources: videos, guides and project examples. Advice is given to parents, educators, and journalistic organisations. The report’s main focus is on interactive methods such as newsroom visits and journalism projects at schools, but it also touches upon making and presenting news for children. Examples are given, for example, of successful mobile news apps targeted at young audiences.

The report “News literacy & news publishers” is freely available on the WAN-IFRA website.

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