Among the initiatives of the Illinois Press Foundation is news literacy education.

News literacy is defined as the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or on the Internet. News literacy is about learning to read, listen, question, research and make responsible, informed decisions about news.

The Foundation distributes materials to educators to help them introduce and teach the topic to students at the middle school and high school levels. Additionally, the Foundation provides materials and guidance to newspapers wishing to present the topic at civic organization meetings and other community discussion venues.

The Foundation’s work in news literacy is made possible through the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation through its journalism and civic engagement divisions.