Education & Training

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Assessing community information needs -- a toolkit and research

How do you assess the quality or health of a community information ecosystem? New research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, conducted in support of a Knight Foundation initiative, begins to provide an answer.

Governors, educators include "media" in voluntary U.S. core-curriculum standards; but do they go far enough?

By Bill Densmore

"Media literacy" concepts are generally part of a major effort to push adoption of voluntary "Common Core State Standards" for English and literacy in history, social, studies, science and technical subjects, an initial line-by-line comparison of drafts shows. But do the standards go far enough?

Proposal unveiled to hire 50 laid-off journalists to teach "news literacy" to non-journalism college majors

Stony Brook University unveiled on Friday a proposal to hire 50 laid-off journalists to undergo training this summer and join dozens of U.S. university campuses in the fall to teach "news literacy" to non-journalism majors.

Journalists, educators adopt statement on need for 'news literacy' in schools

Journalists, educators, reformers and citizens gathere last week at Temple University and the National Constitution Center adopted a statement on the need for news literacy in America's schools.    (

MGP alum part of Chinese government innovation in high-school education; seeks four teachers

 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Media Giraffe Project conference alum Stephen Wilmarth is seeking to hire four U.S.

Poynter seminar tackles question: "What is news literacy?

About 50 journalists, journalism educators and researchers gatherered with high-school students at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the start of a drive to get American newspapers interested in promoting "news literacy."

UC-Berkeley fills in where media leaves off -- providing three $45K fellowships for investigative reporting

Three fellowships worth $45,000 a year will be awarded annually by the University of California Berkeley journalism school to encourage investigative reporting at a time when main-stream media is cutting back on newsrooms, according to the school.

A guide to citizen journalism published by Hartsville (S.C.) Today

K. Paul Mallasch at has taken note of a tremendous resource for budding citizen journalists. The staff of the Hartsville [S.C.]Today CitiJ website in Hartsville, S.C., have authored -- in PDF format -- a guide to setting up a citizen journalism site. (PDF DOWNLOAD) Mallasch also references a 2005 participatory-media study by Hypergene's Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis. For hot links to these, click on the headline above.

Knight-funded website at Univ. of Maryland provides "how-to" information for citizen-media projects

J-Lab, a project at the University of Maryland-College Park funded by the Knight Foundation, has developed a comprehensive site for community groups and citizens who want to launch online journalism/news projects. It's called J-Learning.

Study media innovation / launch New England news council

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