Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stony Brook Unveils Center For News Literacy

Stony Brook Unveils Center For News Literacy

Stony Brook University says it will establish the nation’s first Center for News Literacy, designed to educate current and future news consumers on how to judge the credibility and reliability of news.

The center also aims to be a resource for universities across the country, develop curriculum for high school instruction and secondary teacher training programs, design conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops that will bring journalists and scholars together to explore issues related to the reliability of news from print, broadcast and the Web.

The center is being funded in part with a $200,000 Ford Foundation grant. Last year, the university created one of the nation’s first courses in news literacy that Stony Brook expects to teach to more than 10,000 students over the next four years.

“We want to create more informed citizens and sustain quality journalism at the same time,” said Howard Schneider, dean of Stony Brook’s School of Journalism and a former editor of Newsday.

James Klurfeld, the editor of Newsday’s editorial pages who is joining the School of Journalism as a visiting professor, has been named interim director of the center.

“Jim Klurfeld is just the right person to lead this new center,” said Stony Brook President Shirley Strum Kenny, noting Klurfeld’s “commitment to truth and accuracy.”

“Under his leadership, this unique effort will have lasting impact on students, teachers and the public,” she said.

– By Olivia Winslow

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