WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2022 — As misinformation spreads at alarming rates and puts our health and democracy at risk, the News Literacy Project and The E.W. Scripps Company are continuing to promote the need for greater news literacy, a fundamental and important skill that empowers people to make fact-based decisions about their lives and their governance.
The third annual National News Literacy Week begins today, with “Stop the flood of misinformation … care before you share” as its theme. This initiative is backed by more than 30 news organizations that have signed a letter in support of news literacy, agreed to publish it and/or donated ad space to help promote the week. The letter says: “In our role as the Fourth Estate, it is our mission to keep the public well-informed and to provide high-quality journalism that holds those in power accountable… We pledge to double down on efforts to be fair, accurate, representative and transparent in our journalism — and crystal clear on what is opinion and analysis and what is straightforward news reporting.”
“We asked news organizations all over the country to unite behind this cause, which we believe is crucial for a healthy democracy,” said Alan Miller, founder and CEO of NLP. “Their response underscores that journalists recognize that they too have a stake in ensuring that the public is able to discern credible, verified and impartial information in today’s challenging information landscape.”
This year’s National News Literacy Week features a public service announcement conceived of by the global communications and advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi. The campaign stresses the role everyone plays in sharing information and everyone’s responsibility to do so mindfully and responsibly. This theme is reflected in the video of people in an elevator who are nearly drowned by a flood of misinformation before they work together to stem the rising water.
Throughout the week, the News Literacy Project will engage educators, students and the public with quizzes, tips and tools through the organization’s social media channels and at NewsLiteracyWeek.org.
The public, educators and journalists can get involved with National News Literacy Week in several ways:
The E.W. Scripps Company (Scripps; NASDAQ: SSP) is a presenting sponsor for the third year.
“My colleagues and I talk about this all the time, within our organization and throughout the industry,” said Adam Symson, Scripps’ president & CEO. “We need our communities to be informed and to share news responsibly. This is something we all agree on.”
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As one of the nation’s largest local TV broadcasters, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
About the News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.