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Why Press Freedom Matters: Exploring Evan Gershkovich’s Case

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Why Press Freedom Matters: Exploring Evan Gershkovich’s Case

Presented by Paul Beckett, Assistant Editor, The Wall Street Journal; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project

Sponsored by News Literacy Project

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Join the News Literacy Project and The Wall Street Journal for an important conversation ahead of World Press Freedom Day (May 3).

Press freedoms, the legal and/or constitutional protections that journalists have in order to do their jobs, are fundamental to democracy. Without press freedoms and the standards-based reporting they enable, we risk the further spread of misinformation, disinformation, and declining trust in institutions.

In this edWebinar, we look at a high-profile example of the denial of press freedoms: the case of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was wrongfully detained in Russia last year on bogus charges of spying. Wall Street Journal Assistant Editor Paul Beckett, who leads the Journal’s efforts at securing Gershkovich’s release, discusses the case with New Literacy Project’s Brittney Smith.

Topics covered include:

  • How press freedoms impact newsgathering around the world
  • Strategies for teaching about press freedoms, from a news literacy lens
  • Best practices for teaching about standards-based journalism
  • How to use journalistic practices to uncover and expose mis- and disinformation

Viewers also learn about free News Literacy Project resources, including the Misinfo 101 course and the Press Freedoms Around the World lesson, offered on the News Literacy Project’s free Checkology®️ virtual classroom.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Paul Beckett

About the Presenters

Paul Beckett is Assistant Editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he focuses on the efforts supporting Evan Gershkovich, the WSJ reporter who has been wrongfully detained by Russia since March 2023. Previously, Paul was the Journal‘s Washington D.C. bureau chief, responsible for news across politics and government, economics, national security, the Supreme Court, financial regulation and the intersection of business and Washington. Before taking the helm of the bureau in 2017, Paul served in multiple overseas postings, including postings in Hong Kong and India.

Brittney Smith

Brittney Smith is a Senior Manager of Education Partnerships (East) at The News Literacy Project. Brittney joined NLP in July 2022 after eight years of teaching life science in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a high school teacher to diverse populations of students, including English language learners. In her tenure as science department chair, she focused on building partnerships with community stakeholders to enrich and improve students’ educational experiences.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in teaching science to adolescents and young adults from Mount St. Joseph University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational practice and innovation with a STEM focus at the University of South Carolina.

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The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan, national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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