Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2014

Dr. Kajimoto speaking at the News Literacy Workshop in 2013.

Dr. Kajimoto speaking at last year’s workshop.

Become a News Literacy Fellow this summer at the University of Hong Kong.

Help pioneer a new course for university students on how to evaluate information coming from the news media!

Work and study with a group of journalists and faculty at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong,  and The Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University.

The one-week immersion course will include a condensed version of the News Literacy program developed at Stony Brook, which has been modified in collaboration with the JMSC to meet the media ecology of Asia.

– Your students blog, Tweet, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Weibo… but do your students know how to find reliable information?

We’re looking for university educators in Asia who teach critical thinking to the first generation that lives  out loud on social media.

– How will you integrate the news into your lessons next fall?

Learn how by joining us July 27 – August 3 at HKU.  Discover a fresh curriculum that uses ripped-from-the-headlines examples to teach critical thinking skills.

Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnership Programs for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, works with a participant at last week's News Literacy Workshop.

Richard Hornik (L), Director of Overseas Partnership Programs for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, will be joining as an instructor.

The News Literacy program has been helping educators build critical thinking and principles of citizenship, as noted by the Columbia Journalism Review.

Fourteen academics and educators from Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Bhutan attended the Summer Institute last year.

This summer we plan to replicate the success of last year with another intensive and practical workshop.

– Do your students look for evidence in the news, or settle for assertion and rumor?

They won’t settle for assertion and rumor if they learn News Literacy. Two recent studies found that News Literacy students reliably spot imbalanced, undersourced reporting.

Join us for a week of thinking and learning about how your students can sift through the information tsunami to find the facts, instead of falling for retweets of junk information, like the “news report” that North Korea delayed a missile test due to a glitch in Windows 8.

– I am interested. How do I apply? How much does it cost?

Seats are limited. The workshop is free and we will be providing room and some meals (breakfast, lunch and a few dinners), but not airfare.

Please use the online form below to apply. For inquiry, please contact Anne Kruger: akruger@hku.hk and Masato Kajimoto: kajimoto@hku.hk.

The application deadline is May 31, 2014.

The application is now closed.

Thank you.