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Media Contact: Valerie Linson
Editorial Director, Facing History and Ourselves
Washington Post Journalist Wesley Lowery To Speak with Students about News and Democracy in the Digital Age
Presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The News Literacy Project
CHICAGO, Illinois (March 14, 2017) – Over 200 students from across the Chicagoland area will gather to hear journalist Wesley Lowery discuss the changing landscape of journalism and the rise of social media on March 15 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed.
The presentation, entitled “Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age,” is presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The News Literacy Project. It’s the third in a series of Facing History Community Conversations: Youth Lead, which are designed to provide a forum for students to explore ways to engage in public discourse, teach and lead their peers and be civically engaged in their communities.
“Students in Chicago and across the country are deeply aware of how news impacts their daily lives,” said Maureen Loughnane, Facing History’s executive director for Chicago. “Facing History and The Allstate Foundation are dedicated to empowering students with the tools and resources they need to be discerning consumers and producers of news, and as a result, more actively engaged citizens.”
This year’s Youth Lead program series events will be held in Cleveland, Memphis, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to Chicago.
“At Allstate, we are committed to empowering youth with the confidence and critical thinking skills they need to achieve their full potential,” said Stacy Sharpe, Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board member and Allstate senior vice president of corporate relations. “Our partnership with Facing History provides young people with the resources to become informed citizens and leaders creating positive change in their communities.”
The Chicago event’s featured speaker, Wesley Lowery, was one of the first reporters to cover the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Lowery will talk about his experience covering this national story and take questions from both students in the audience and online viewers who can get involved in the conversation virtually by using #newsandbias in tweeted questions. Lowery’s reporting on the Michael Brown shooting was recently featured in “Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age,” a Facing History resource created in partnership with The News Literacy Project to investigate the challenges facing today’s journalists and help students understand the role bias plays in how they interpret the news. Lowery will be joined on stage by Christopher Benson, associate professor of journalism and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will moderate the discussion.
About Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves was founded in 1976 by educators who believed that instilling intellectual vigor and curiosity goes hand-in-hand with teaching facts and figures. From the disturbing lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to struggles for civil rights from Birmingham to South Africa, we trust students to wrestle with complex moments in human history, and work to help them understand the range of human behavior. These students learn to connect the dots between the ethical choices they’ll face in life and the positive outcomes they can create in their community and the world. Visit facinghistory.org for more information.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation, and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth, and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit AllstateFoundation.org.
About The News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project works with educators and journalists to equip middle school and high school students with the tools to be smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed participants in our democracy. It aspires to see news literacy embedded in the American educational experience as an essential skill. For more, visit newsliteracyproject.org.