Call for papers

The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University invites original papers for its Global News Literacy Conference, to be held at Stony Brook University, in New York, from August 13-15, 2017. The conference theme is The Future of News Literacy in a Connected World.

We welcome papers on the following topics:

  • Teaching News Literacy across disciplines
    • How have you adapted News Literacy tools to teach courses in disciplines other than journalism? We are particularly interested in Mass Communications; English as a Foreign or Second Language; Reading Comprehension; Explanatory Writing; Public Speaking; and Civics.
  • News Literacy in K-12
    • How can News Literacy tools be used to teach younger students? How can those tools be integrated into existing courses?
  • News Literacy for the general public
    • The Coursera MOOC, Making Sense of the News, is our effort to offer basic News Literacy training to students of all ages. How can social media platforms and online learning be used to further this effort?
  • Tailoring News Literacy lessons to specific localities
    • What general rules, approaches and tools have you discovered in the effort to make News Literacy relevant to your students? What new approaches are worth exploring further?
  • News Literacy: theory and practice
    • In order to accelerate the development of News Literacy as an academic discipline, it is essential that its theoretical underpinnings be identified and further developed. What specific theories are most useful in the study and teaching of News Literacy concepts?
  • News Literacy research and resources
    • As we seek to enrich our understanding of the global impact and possibilities of News Literacy, how can we best utilize the available data in future research? What new avenues of research are worth pursuing?
  • Measuring the effectiveness of News Literacy education
    • How can we use both direct and indirect measures to assess the effectiveness of News Literacy courses?

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Paper abstracts should be original work and relate to one or more topics listed above.
  2. Abstracts should be no more than 600 words.
  3. Please send abstracts, in PDF format, for consideration to Please include your contact information with your abstract.
  4. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Decisions on submitted abstracts will be made by Monday, April 10, 2017. Analytical and research papers should be about 2,000-4,000 words. Works on teaching may take the form of lesson plans or essays.

Papers will be circulated prior to the meeting.  At the conference participants will discuss one another’s papers in roundtable settings.  Moderators will share each roundtable’s findings and conclusions on the last day of the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizer, Jonathan Anzalone, at