News Media Literacy

Navigating the media landscape is challenging for adults and even more difficult for children. Research has pointed to children’s lack of understanding of reliable news sources, social media, and media in general. These challenges can be seen in struggles around critical thinking and problem solving.

WITF, in cooperation with York City School District, has developed a pilot program called News Media Literacy. This program is designed to train educators in York City School District’s STEAM Academy to support students in becoming media literate and confident, critical thinkers.

As students work collaboratively in the classroom, they will focus on comprehending the news, deconstructing it, and constructing their own media. This process supports active, hands on learning with goals in authentic literacy development, research skills, and critical thinking which can benefit students across all content areas.

WITF News Media Literacy & Career Awareness

The objective of this virtual field trip is to define and highlight media literacy while showcasing WITF’s broad career pathways within the media industry.  The WITF team shares how various departments work together to ensure we are informing our audience both accurately and in a timely manner.  This discussion features a strong emphasis on the reporting/editorial process, securing sources, ensuring diversity in our news coverage, and the critical role social media plays in news consumption, as well as how to identify misinformation.  All presentations are followed by a Q&A with students from York City School District’s STEAM Academy, York, Pa.

All presentations are followed by a Q&A with students from York City School District’s STEAM Academy, York, Pa.

Ron Hetrick
Ron Hetrick
WITF’s President & CEO

Ron talks about WITF’s mission and provides a brief overview of his personal career, including how he became the CEO of a multimedia company.

Scott Blanchard, Senior Editor
Scott Blanchard
Senior Editor, WITF News and StateImpact Pennsylvania

Scott gives insight into the journalism/editorial process as well as media literacy, spotting misinformation, and career awareness.

Keira McGuire
WITF Health Reporter & Multimedia Producer/Host

Keira describes the production and edit process used to make WITF video productions.

Anthony Orozco, WITF Latino Communities Reporter
Anthony Orozco
WITF Latino Communities Reporter

Anthony shares his view of the journalism/sourcing process and speaks about the importance of diversity in reporting.

Tom Downing, WITF Senior Motion Graphic Artist & Interactive Designer
Tom Downing
WITF Senior Motion Graphic Artist & Interactive Designer

Tom showcases his role in creating graphic designs and animations for WITF’s video and digital productions.

Lisa Wardle, WITF Digital Manager
Lisa Wardle
WITF Digital Manager

Lisa explains her role handling social media for WITF’s various departments, the danger of misinformation, and the importance of fact checking sources when news gathering.

For more information interested educators should email debbie_riek@witf.org.


Made possible with support from the

Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation, Inc.