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Call for Applications for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 2015

Fourteen educators around the region joined the News Literacy Institute in Asia in 2014.

Call for applications

  • Become a News Literacy Fellow this winter between Dec. 14 and 16 in Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Help pioneer a new course on how to evaluate information coming from the news media.
  • Work with like-minded media educators from Asian region.
  • Apply through our online form. Registration is now closed. Thank you.

The three-day immersion course will include a condensed version of the News Literacy curriculum the New York Times recently featured in the article discussing the skills and strategies needed in today’s digital age.

The course was developed by the Center for News Literacy (CNL), Stony Brook University; the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), the University of Hong Kong, collaborated with CNL to modify the program to meet the media ecology of Asia.

JMSC Assistant Professor Masato Kajimoto speaking at the News Literacy Workshop.

JMSC Assistant Professor Masato Kajimoto designed the online news literacy course Making Sense of News on edX.

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 would like to teach critical thinking to the first generation that lives out loud on social media.

How will you integrate the news into your lessons next semester?

Learn how by joining us from Dec 14 to 16 at Myanmar Institute of Theology. Discover a fresh curriculum that uses ripped-from-the-headlines examples to teach critical thinking skills.

Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnership Programs at CNL, and Dr. Masato Kajimoto, an Assistant Professor at JMSC, will be joining as instructors.

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

More than 30 academics and educators from Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar have attended the Institute in the last few years.

This winter we plan to replicate the success of past years with another intensive and practical workshop.

Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnership Programs for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, works with a student 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 lead the 2015 Institute in Asia.

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 three days 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.

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, but not airfare. Please also note that there will be a preliminary online course you will need to complete before you attend the Institute.

The application deadline is Oct 30, 2015.

Registration is closed.

Thank you.

Video: Why News Literacy Matters

The following video clips feature the past participants and instructors of the Institute. They discuss why news literacy is crucial in their teaching.