CPW Gathers Friday, Jan. 31, at Denver Press Club
This week is National News Literacy Week, wrapping up with a toast to journalists’ role in democracy this Friday, Jan. 31, at the Denver Press Club from 5-7 p.m.
Guest bartender will be Colorado Rep. Lisa Cutter, sponsor of last year’s bill creating the Media Literacy Advisory Committee. Colorado Press Women’s Marilyn Saltzman represented nonprofit journalism organizations on the committee.
Rep. Cutter will donate her tips to the nonpartisan national education nonprofit News Literacy Project.
Not in Denver? Raise a toast wherever you are and donate to NLP via their website!
During the week NLP is partnering with the E.W. Scripps Co. (KMGH Denver7’s parent) to launch a national public awareness campaign on the importance of news literacy, highlighting the vital role of the free press in a healthy democracy. The campaign promotes news literacy as a fundamental life skill for America to have an educated and empowered populace.
This campaign provides educators, students and the public with easy-to-adopt tools and tips for becoming news-literate. Each day’s theme aligns with a lesson in NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom that will be available (for that day only) at NewsLiteracyWeek.org. The NLP resources will also be shared on Scripps’ and NLP’s social media channels throughout the week, and Scripps’ local television stations are expected to air stories on news literacy topics. The themes are:
- Monday, Jan. 27 — Navigating the information landscape
- Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Identifying standards-based journalism
- Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Understanding bias — your own and others’
- Thursday, Jan. 30 — Journalists as democracy’s watchdog
- Friday, Jan. 31 — Recognizing misinformation
People can also test their news literacy skills with Informable, NLP’s free mobile app, which uses a game-like format to assess and improve users’ ability to distinguish between news and other types of information.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project provides educators with the tools and resources to teach students how to navigate today’s complex information landscape, learn to judge the credibility of information for themselves, and become engaged and informed participants in civic life.
Scripps is the nation’s fourth largest independent TV station owner, operating 60 stations in 42 markets.
The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, is a nonprofit organization and club that has existed since 1867, making it the nation’s oldest press club.
Sunshine Week Event Planned
CPW members Donna Bryson and Ann Lockhart are planning an event during Sunshine Week, March 15 – 21, focusing on the Colorado court system. The program is still to be decided, but it’s likely to include a tour of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, the glass-domed building near the Capitol that is home to the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Court of Appeals and other judicial and legal agencies.
The Carr center also has a library, an extensive collection of art by Colorado artists and a museum exploring the legacy of Carr, Colorado’s 29th governor. Bryson and Lockhart also are working on putting together, in conjunction with the tour, a panel of journalists and other experts to discuss such issues as judges sealing entire cases from public view.
Journalism and public affairs organizations around the country will hold events about access to public information during Sunshine Week, which was started by the American Society of News Editors in 2005 “as a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.”
Sunshine Week takes it names from laws that promote community’s right to access public meetings, documents and information, a cause promoted by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and supported by CPW. Bryson is the CPW representative on the CFOIC.
In his support of governmental transparency and openness, the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, said, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
More on CPW’s event, including the day and time, to come.
Ongoing CPW Events
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Ann Lockhart.
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