Why News Matters: Resources

These resources provide more information about news literacy, the Journalism Program's impact and evaluation strategy, as well as our current research projects.

We're interested in learning more about the following:

  • What are the strengths of each setting for delivering news literacy training?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for teaching news literacy to various age groups?
  • What are the short-term and long-term benefits of news literacy training?

Our grantees are working to develop assessment tools that measure the impact of news literacy on civic engagement and critical thinking skills.

Impact & Evaluation

To date, our progress indicators (benchmarks for success) in news literacy have focused on:
  • Number of schools implementing news literacy
  • Number of students reached by news literacy training
  • Number of youth journalism programs infusing news literacy into curriculum
  • Number of teachers trained in news literacy
  • The short-term and long-term benefits of learning news literacy critical thinking skills
In the longer term (2015), we aim to achieve the following targets:
  • CPS adopts a news literacy curriculum
  • Expand news literacy classes at local colleges and universities
  • Extend reach of news literacy programs throughout Chicago


Our research, achievements and challenges will be showcased at a National News Literacy Summit, which will be held in Chicago on September 14-15, 2014. About 100 educators, funders, researchers, journalists and policymakers are expected to attend.

For more information on the News Literacy Summit or to be added to our distribution list, please contact Aaron Smith, Administrative Officer, at ASmith@McCormickFoundation.org.

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