About

News Literacy Network is a not-for-profit organisation that will help people to develop the skills, from an early age, to successfully navigate the news to develop an accurate worldview.

That enables them to become well informed and empowered citizens, capable of making a constructive difference in the world.

The aim of the News Literacy Network is ultimately to strengthen our ability to be able to reliably use the news as a tool to accurately inform us about the world.

Who are we

We are proud to introduce you to the team behind News Literacy Network.

Founder / Director

Jodie Jackson
Researcher, Practitioner and Author
Jodie Jackson is founder of the News Literacy Network and the author of “You Are What You Read: why changing your media diet can change the world” and children’s book, “Little Ruffle and The World Beyond”. Jodie’s expertise lies in the psychological impact of the news. widely cited research has made her an influential figure within the movement for “Constructive Journalism”. Jodie writes for established and emerging news platforms; speaks on panels with leading thinkers, academics, and journalists; delivers workshops and training to journalists and educators, and regularly speaks at universities and media and mental health conferences around the world.
www.jodiejackson.com
https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jodie-jackson-b029a277

Our board of advisors

Steven Pinker
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language, cognition, and social relations, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The Atlantic, and is the author of twelve books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works , The Blank Slate The Better Angels of Our Nature, Enlightenment Now , and Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters . He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”
stevenpinker.com
Belinha De Abreu
EDUCATOR, RESEARCHER AND AUTHOR
Belinha S. De Abreu, PhD. is a global media literacy educator. She served as an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication & Information Section. Her research interests include media and information literacy education, educational technology, global perspectives, critical thinking, privacy & big data, young adults, and educator professional development. Dr. De Abreu is the founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium which has been held in the USA and Portugal, and serves as the President of the International Council for Media Literacy (IC4ML). She is the author of Media Literacy for Justice: Lessons for Changing the World (ALA: Neal-Schuman, 2022) and Teaching Media Literacy (ALA: Neal-Schuman, 2019) among other publications. Dr. De Abreu was the recipient of the 2021 US National Media Literacy Research Award.
Ulrik Haargerup
Founder of Constructive Institute
Founder and CEO of Constructive Institute at Aarhus University with a mission of changing the global news culture in 5 years. For 10 years he was the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Denmark's public service broadcaster. He was previously editor-in-chief at Nordjyske Media from 2002 to 2007. Ulrik has held the position of chairman of the Center of Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark and is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism.
Andrea Carr
Founder of Rising Stars
Andrea is founder of education publishing business Rising Stars which, in 2015, became part of the Hachette global publishing group. Andrea now works with organisations from across the education sector. She is chairman of Teacher Tapp and board director of Swedish technology company eEducation Albert, is advisor to a range of education technology businesses and investors and is trustee of Causeway Education and the Teacher Development Trust. She is also vice chair of a multi-academy trust in South London.
Jimmeka Anderson
I AM NOT THE MEDIA FOUNDER
Jimmeka Anderson, Ph.D. is an author, media literacy educator, advisor, and consultant for several organizations in the United States such as the American Library Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, New America, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), 9 Story Media Group, US Department of Education Office of Education Technology, and WestEd. She is the creator of the Black Girls Film Camp and the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. Jimmeka has been featured in WIRED Magazine, the Washington Post, on NPR 1A, and in the award-winning Trust Me Documentary released in 2020. Her forthcoming book with coauthor Kelly Czarnecki, Power Lines: Connecting with Teens in Urban Communities through Media Literacy, will be published by ALA Neal-Schuman in the summer of 2022.
Nina Kelly
Editor at The Runnymede Trust
Nina is Editor at race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust. A Former journalist, Nina has provided communications leadership for human rights organisations for many years. Nina is now Senior Communications Advisor for international LGBT human rights organisation the Human Dignity Trust. She also consults on a pioneering research-led strategic communications program Reframing Race.
Samantha McCann
COO of the Solutions Journalism Network
Samantha McCann is the Chief Operating Officer of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN). Samantha leads SJN’s efforts to align organizational structure, staffing and operations with our burgeoning network strategy, designs and leads the annual Solutions Journalism Summit, and supports key areas across the organization including the people and culture and systems teams. Before coming to SJN in 2013, Samantha worked in environmental and fiscal policy research at Seattle University. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in political science from Seattle University.
www.solutionsjournalism.org
Ola Rosling
Co-founder of Gapminder Foundation
Ola Rosling is a Swedish statistician known for his work for the Gapminder Foundation on changing global quality of life. He is the chairman, director and co-founder of the foundation. Ola Rosling co-authored the book called Factfulness: Ten Reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think.
https://www.gapminder.org

Why We Exist

Because News Literacy is more than fake news. Misinformation is not the only hazard that prevents us from being accurately informed, therefore creating defences against it is an important but incomplete solution

We need to expand what it means to be news literate, and in doing so, expand the possibility for solutions. This will include constructive journalism as an antidote to the misrepresentation created from the negativity bias. News literacy must also look beyond how the news is produced to how the news is processed. By understanding our internal biases and how they manipulate information, we can better protect ourselves from the distortions they create. By having this three-layered approach, we will create more scope for the application of news literacy to create change more effectively.

WHAT THE EYES SEE AND THE EARS HEAR, THE MIND BELIEVES...
Harry Houdini

Benefits of News Literacy

Improves self-esteem and mental health
A better understanding of the world
Tools and strategies for effective change
Greater appreciation for reliable information
Learn how to think critically
Lowers level of anxiety and helplessness

What we offer

NLN provides a place to meet all your news literacy needs. Through the network, we will connect you with the many brilliant organistions and individuals aiding news literacy, as well as connect you to those whose work helps us have a more accurate worldview. NLN adds to this space by providing its own news literacy program, offering training, and hosting events to promote news literacy and constructive journalism in both in the home and in education settings.

THE NETWORK
LET US CONNECT YOU WITH THE MOST RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS / RESOURCES / PEOPLE TO MEET YOUR NEWS LITERACY NEEDS
EDUCATION
ONCE WE KNOW BETTER, WE ARE EMPOWERED TO DO BETTER. NLN OFFERS A RANGE OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO BECOME EQUIPPED WITH THE EDUCATION AND SKILLS TO PRACTICE NEWS LITERACY.

Where we are

NLN is based in London. However, the team, resources and reach are global

This organisation is a network by name and a network by nature. News literacy is a global initiative, and we hope to be able to create visibility and connection to the organisations all over the world who are doing important work in this space. When News Literacy Network began ?

When
News Literacy Network began

NLN was founded in 2021.

Although a recently founded organisation, this network has been informally active since 2011 when many of us began to collaborate to create a more constructive news media through a more empowered consumer.

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