NewsWise is a news literacy program to provide school-aged Québecers an understanding of the role of journalism in a healthy democracy and the tools to find and filter information online

What is NewsWise?

Launched in 2018, NewsWise is a news literacy program for students in Grades 5 to Secondary 5. Its mission is to help students cultivate habits of news consumption and critical-thinking that support informed citizenship.

Lessons are designed to help students to recognize the standards of fact-based journalism, understand the difference between opinion and fact, develop an appreciation for journalism and traditional media, and identify whether a claim or source is credible.


Why now?

More than ever, people are getting their news from online sources and social media. Access to unprecedented amounts of information means citizens must continually sort and assess what we see.

The spread of ‘fake news’ has caused a widespread reckoning over how vulnerable our information systems are, and how our online environment has become polluted with false and low-quality information.

News literacy skills are fundamental, and living in a time of unparalleled information complexity, they are more important than ever.

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CIVIX is a non-partisan, national registered charity dedicated to building the habits of active and engaged citizenship among youth.

The flagship program of CIVIX Canada, Student Vote, a parallel election for students under the voting age coinciding with general elections. This program will also be available in Québec for the next federal elections in 2019. CIVIX-Québec also organize the Quebec Student Budget Consultation. For more information, you can visit civix.quebec.


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Since 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) has been working to preserve, provoke, and enhance excellence in journalism.

The CJF has been dedicated to acting as a catalyst for open and honest dialogue – helping to improve relationships between and understanding of the media and the private and public organizations that are often the focus of media and public attention. It is a pivotal distinction that sets The Canadian Journalism Foundation apart.