The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University is committed to teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources. It is the only center of its kind in the United States.
Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the center is currently committed to teaching News Literacy to 10,000 undergraduates—from across all academic disciplines.
The Center also is at work developing innovative curriculum materials for high schools and the general public through the Digital Resource Center, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
With support from the Ford and McCormick Foundations, the Center convened the first two national conferences on News Literacy in March 2009 and March 2011 and launched a high school teacher training program in 2008. These programs are designed to help bring new and improved News Literacy courses into classrooms all over the country.