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Leila Khalil
Public Affairs Officer
305-375-5291
khalill@mdpls.org

Erika Hobbs
erikahobbs@thenewsliteracyproject.org
407-967-2434

The Miami-Dade Public Library System and the News Literacy Project team up to bring fake news fighting skills to Miami

(Miami, FL – June 6, 2017) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) and the News Literacy Project (NLP) are teaming up this summer to teach media literacy to kids in our community. The collaboration will bring the checkology® virtual classroom – NLP’s innovative e‑learning platform – to dozens of local students, giving them the skills they need to separate fact from fiction and teaching them how to become smart, active consumers of news and information today and engaged, informed citizens tomorrow.

From June 7 through August 2, six MDPLS locations (North Dade Regional, South Dade Regional, West Kendall Regional, Miami Beach Regional, West Dade Regional and Main Library) will offer news literacy lessons for students ages 12 to 18. NLP will also provide MDPLS instructors with specialized training to help them deliver these lessons.

“Public libraries and librarians are sources of accurate information, so partnering with the News Literacy Project to help students learn to evaluate the information they encounter every day is a natural fit,” said Library Director Ray Baker.

A panel discussion on “21st‑Century News: How to Know What to Believe” will kick off the program on Wednesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Coral Gables Branch Library. Moderated by Univision News anchor Enrique Acevedo, it features Alan Miller, president and CEO of NLP; Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Leila Khalil, MDPLS public affairs officer and a former broadcast journalist.

"The News Literacy Project is excited that our partnership with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System will give many members of the community access to our checkology® virtual classroom,” Miller said. “Now more than ever, it is vital that the next generation know how to tell fact from fiction and recognize credible news and information.”

The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit www.mdpls.org or call 305‑375‑2665.

Who:
The Miami-Dade Public Library System and the News Literacy Project

What:
“21st‑Century News: How to Know What to Believe” Panel Discussion
Moderator: Enrique Acevedo, Univision Network
Panelists: Alan Miller, president and CEO, News Literacy Project
Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Leila Khalil, public affairs officer, Miami‑Dade Public Library System

When:
Wednesday, June 7, 6‑8 p.m.
Panel begins at 7 p.m.

Where:
Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St., Coral Gables, FL 33134

About the News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a national education nonprofit that provides students and learners of all ages the tools to sort fact from fiction and to know what information to trust. http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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