NewsLitCamp® in Rockford!

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Rockford Register Star

99 E. State Street

Rockford, IL 61104

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Join the News Literacy Project for a NewsLitCamp® in Rockford!

Join the News Literacy Project, the Rockford Register Star and Rockford Public Schools (RPS) on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for a highly engaging, teacher-centered NewsLitCamp featuring breakout sessions with local journalists. This program is one in a national series of NewsLitCamps led by the News Literacy Project in collaboration with a diverse group of news organizations around the country.

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Space is limited. Sign up today to reserve your seat!

NewsLitCamp is a day-long professional development experience based on an “edcamp” style of continuing education. It features topical sessions (selected with input from participants) and educator-driven planning time to empower you to teachnews literacy. This format gives education professionals an opportunity to come together for a day of conversations with journalists and news literacy experts. Check out our NewsLitCamp video for a quick look at what the day can offer you and your students.

Details: Educators will meet at the Rockford Register Star, 99 E. State St., on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for a full day of free workshops and interactions with their journalists and experts from the News Literacy Project.

Breakfast and networking begin at 8 a.m.; NewsLitCamp starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Why attend? As an educator, you directly influence how your students process everything they read, watch and hear. You’ll leave NewsLitCamp with new ideas, skills and resources to help your students navigate today’s complex and challenging information landscape. Our goal is to develop teachers’ and librarians’ expertise in news literacy education, share specialized teaching resources and provide a behind-the-scenes view of the newsgathering process — demystifying what distinguishes quality journalism from rumors, hoaxes and other types of misinformation.

RPS educators following the required registration protocol will receive 6 PDCs for successful completion; participants from other schools can apply for credit within their districts.

Who can attend: NewsLitCamps are designed primarily for middle school and high school teachers and media specialists. Space permitting, we welcome other educators and school administrators.

Bonus: You’ll learn about our Checkology® virtual classroom, a cutting-edge comprehensive e-learning platform that complements educators’ lesson plans. The topics it examines include:

  • Misinformation and bias.
  • The standards of quality journalism.
  • The First Amendment.
  • Watchdog journalism and its contributions to democracy.
  • Press freedoms around the world.

About the Rockford Register Star: The Rockford Register Star has been northern Illinois' leading source of news and information for more than 160 years. Owned by Gannett, it was created in 1979 by the merger of the Register Republic founded in 1855, and the Morning Star, founded in 1888.

Questions? Email Miriam Romais, NLP’s professional engagement manager, at, Carrie Mueller, Rockford Public Schools’ dean of secondary language arts and world languages, at; or Cory Nilsen, Rockford Public Schools’ dean of social science, at

This NewsLitCamp is presented by the News Literacy Project and is supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Photo Caption: Educators at our NewsLitCamp at NPR in Washington, August 2019. Photo Credit: Andrea Lin / The News Literacy Project.


Do I have to register in advance on Eventbrite?

Yes, for several reasons: Seating capacity is limited, and we need an accurate head count for the lunch order. Also, registering in advance gives you the opportunity to express your preferences for the breakout sessions that will be offered.

If you register and then find that you are unable to attend, let us know by canceling your Eventbrite RSVP (or send an email to so another educator can have that spot.

How do I get there?

The Rockford Register Star is at 99 E. State St. (between the Rock River and South Madison Street, near RVC downtown). Free parking is available.

Do I really have to be there at 8 a.m.?

Plan on arriving early enough to account for the rush of 60+ other educators attending. Arriving on time gives you a great opportunity to enjoy a light breakfast, catch up with colleagues, make new acquaintances and ask questions in advance of the program. Our introductory session begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

What should I bring?

Bring tons of questions and ideas, along with a willingness to learn more about news literacy directly from the source. The topics for our breakout sessions with Rockford Register Star journalists are based on what you most want to learn (determined by your answers to registration questions about your preferred topics). You should also bring a fully charged laptop/tablet, or paper and a pen/pencil, for taking notes.

Is my registration transferrable?

Sorry, no. If you find that you are unable to attend, please cancel your Eventbrite RSVP (or email to release your spot so another educator can participate.

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99 E. State Street

Rockford, IL 61104

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