Pro­gram aims to en­hance news lit­er­acy

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TORONTO — A planned class­room pro­gram aims to teach ele­men­tary and high school stu­dents in Canada how to de­tect fake news.

The pro­gram called NewsWise will try to en­hance gen­eral news lit­er­acy among stu­dents aged nine to 19.

Two or­ga­ni­za­tions, one known as CIVIX and the Cana­dian Jour­nal­ism Foun­da­tion, will work with aca­demics and jour­nal­ists to de­velop the cur­ricu­lum. Pro­po­nents say it’s es­sen­tial to give younger Cana­di­ans a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the role re­li­able jour­nal­ism plays in democ­racy.

The hope is to roll out the pro­gram ahead of the On­tario elec­tion next year and fed­eral elec­tion in 2019.

Google Canada is putting up $500,000 for NewsWise.

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