Apple has begun teaming up with non-profits to develop a new Media Literacy initiative in both the US and Europe that encourages critical thinking and empowers students to be better informed in the digital age. Here’s everything we know about this new initiative.
On Tuesday, Apple published a press release regarding a new Media Literacy initiative that, along with several non-profits like The News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the US and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy, will be used to support independent media literacy programs that “advance their efforts in empowering young people with the critical thinking skills necessary in today’s digital age.”
In the press release, Lauren Kern, Apple News editor-in-chief said: “We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.”
According to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple: “News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort.” He then praised the new initiative by saying, “We’ve been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens.”
The press release further highlighted that this new initiative supports nonprofit organizations that are focused on news literacy programs. Adding, The News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori help encourage the critical thinking skills necessary in today’s digital age.
The goal of this new initiative is the ensure that future generations are better-informed citizens and have strong critical thinking skills when it comes to interpreting news headlines.
“At a time when fake news is spreading, we cannot give in to the idea that third-party fact-checking services are the only way to assess the reliability of news sources. We can exercise our own minds, and be masters of our own destiny. Our ambition is to help form more citizens, increasingly opening our society to a culture of civilized debate and confrontation, which is the basis of every healthy democracy,” says Andrea Ceccherini, founder and CEO of Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori.
James P. Steyer, founder, and CEO of Common Sense says, “Apple shares in our mission to raise a generation of children who will thrive as learners, leaders, and citizens in the digital age and Common Sense is delighted to be part of this important effort.”