Colorado Press Women has a history of taking stands on issues, in particular, supporting women’s rights to equal pay and opportunities for promotion, working on the behalf of all Americans to protect First Amendment rights, and helping people learn to analyze the credibility of information, claims and sources. News of past events and actions is posted below.
TIPS FOR SPOTTING MISINFORMATION is a source of practical advice for sorting fact from fiction created by Colorado Press Women’s ad hoc committee on media literacy. CPW also has sponsored news literacy workshops for educators, recruited journalists to talk to classes and testified in favor of legislation to strengthen media literacy in the K-12 curriculum. One of our members served on the Media Literacy Advisory Committee, which sent a report of recommendations to the 2020 legislative session. In May, 2021 a bill was signed into law implementing that committee’s recommendations. Colorado now requires its department of education to create and maintain an online resource bank of materials and resources pertaining to media literacy and requires the state board of education to review and adopt revisions that implement media literacy within reading, writing and civics standards for K-12.
The National Federation of Press Women First Amendment Network (FAN) is a grassroots e-mail alert system that informs FAN subscribers of issues that need action and encourages them to contact congressional offices or federal agencies. Non-members are welcome to join FAN by contacting Marsha Shuler at email@example.com. NFPW also participates in Sunshine Week, an annual event that heightens awareness of First Amendment issues, and supports Shield Laws for reporters.