News Literacy Summit 2014

Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Coordinated by The Poynter Institute

Welcome to the website of the News Literacy Summit: The News Literacy Summit brought together more than 100 people -- students, educators, researchers, program leaders, funders and more -- to devise recommendations to advance the cause of news literacy, teaching young people to think critically about the news and the information they consume every day.

Why it's important: Today's young people are tomorrow's voters, and they need to know how to tell what news and information to trust.

Where and when we met:  In Chicago on Sept. 14-15, 2014.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation funded the summit through a grant to conference organizer The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.  Poynter worked for a year to plan the event with a team of stakeholders from the American Society of News Editors, Baruch College/Harnisch Journalism Projects, Stony Brook University Center for News Literacy and the News Literacy Project.  Supporting this event with travel grants were the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Thanks to all of the discussion leaders and to the participants who offered insights, perspective and ideas.  We had a robust discussion.

How you can get involved:

• Read the summit reports, Storify articles and other materials on the "outcomes" tab on this site.   Follow the #newsliteracy hashtag on Twitter.

• Review the "about news literacy" resources on this site.  You'll find information on prior news literacy conferences, key news literacy programs, a recent Brookings Institution report and more.  

If you're looking for news literacy curricula and lesson plans, you'll see some on the "about news literacy" tab.  And watch this space, because we hope to make them even easier to find and use.

-- Wendy Wallace, The Poynter Institute

Democracy needs an informed citizenry, John Carroll, former editor of the Los Angeles Times, tells more than 100 participants at the opening day of the News Literacy Summit, which took place Sept. 14-15, 2014, in Chicago.  Wendy Wallace, right, faculty at The Poynter Institute, facilitated the conference.
Photo courtesy of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.


September 24, 2014

Photos from the summit

Here is a small selection of photos from the summit. Do you have photos from the summit you’d like to share? Let us know.  

September 2, 2014

For an overview of the news literacy “movement”…

Here’s a story in the current (Sept. 2014) issue of the Columbia Journalism Review that gives good background for the summit.

August 27, 2014

News literacy “Wordle”

Check out this “Wordle” created from the three definitions of news literacy found at the top of our resource page.      

August 22, 2014

Chicago restaurant guide

The Chicago Tribune‘s food critic, Phil Vettel, created a custom restaurant guide for ASNE/APME. Take a look, and whet your appetite.

August 11, 2014

Hotel confirmations for the summit

Here is the list ( of people for whom we have booked a hotel room at the Chicago Hyatt for the summit.  If your name is on this list, then you should have received an email with your hotel confirmation number.  (If you’re on the list but didn’t get the email, contact Maryanne at Poynter (email […]

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Summit Participants

Read their complete bios.

Summit Information

  • Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 131 E. Wacker Drive.
  • When: Sept. 14 to 15
  • What: Check out the summit agenda.
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