Montclair Mayor Joins MSU Panel For ‘Truth Matters’ News Literacy Education Event
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In January, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law making New Jersey the first state to require news literacy education for grades K-12.
Mary Scott, a faculty advisor at Montclair State University, is leading a team of students who have created a news literacy campaign (@msutouchgrass) to educate the campus community on how to spot and stop the spread of misinformation.
A recent panel discussion at MSU, “The Truth Matters: Building A News Literate Nation” with WNBC’s Pat Battle and Telemundo’s Liz Gonzalez, was part of a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of misinformation. In collaboration with WNBC and WNJU/Telemundo, students heard tips and experiences in navigating misinformation; the panel recording will be made available to all NJ high and middle school educators to support in news literacy education.
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller, who is also president of the New Jersey Education Association, along with other panelists, spoke of the challenges media organizations face when reporting accurate and timely news in today’s 24/7 news cycle.
Scott says the team’s efforts and content will be shared with New Jersey middle and high school educators to support Governor Murphy’s new legislation mandating news literacy education for grades K-12. The campaign is part of a prestigious national PRSSA Bateman competition for their client News Literacy Project.