Virtual News Literacy Academy

Registration Now Open!

Online News Literacy Academy - July 13-15, 2020

News Literacy is needed now more than ever. At a time when an endless stream of information and misinformation threatens to overwhelm and bewilder all news consumers, integrate this skill into your 7-12th grade curriculum.


Stony Brook University's Center for News Literacy and Center for Teaching and Learning in Community invite applications from middle school and high school teachers, librarians, and administrators for the 2020 News Literacy Virtual Summer Academy.


A recent study of middle school, high school, and college students by the Stanford History Education Group found that “when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped.” It is clear that these digital natives must learn to apply critical thinking skills to judge the credibility and reliability of news reports, and build a new vocabulary that enables them to articulate the conclusions they draw. In sum, students need to become news literate.

The goal of the Academy is to provide educators with knowledge, skills, and resources that they can use in the classroom with their own students to increase their news literacy and college readiness.

The News Literacy Academy will emphasize:

  • Application of News Literacy concepts in the classroom
  • Collaborative development of lesson plans
  • Collaborative creation of assignments, activities, and exercises for students


This year, the Academy will be held virtually on July 13-15, 2020. During the three-day experience, participants will take part in synchronous, online sessions (twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, specific times TBD), and will be responsible to  complete independent and group work.


The academy will be led by Stony Brook faculty, Howard Schneider, Director, and Dr. Jonathan Anzalone, Assistant Director, of the Center for News Literacy.

Participants who complete the VNL Academy will receive 15 CTLE hours, unlimited access to the News Literacy Digital Resource Center website, and “The Feed,” a weekly email with updated News Literacy lessons and links to fresh examples, timely stories, and relevant research, ready to use with students in the classroom immediately.


The fee for the academy is $550 per teacher or $1,500 for three teachers through district registration (purchase order). Please click the link to submit the registration form no later than June 15, 2020. For inquiries about full-staff sessions (i.e., middle and/or high school social studies departments) as well as for questions related to the VNL Academy 2020, please email: or