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WXYZ kicks off News Literacy Week with Groves High School students to tell powerful stories

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 17:58:51-05

DETROIT — At a time when more information is at our fingertips than ever, it’s getting harder and harder to discern fact from fiction.

News Literacy is the ability to determine credible information. A 2018 study by the Edelman Trust Barometer states that 63% of the U.S. population have trouble telling real news from fake.

So to kick off National News Literacy Week, The E.W. Scripps Company has partnered with News Literacy Project to launch a public awareness campaign to help the next generation of news consumers navigate misinformation in today’s media landscape by mentoring student journalists.

Channel 7 Reporter Syma Chowdhry and Photojournalist Mike Glover partnered with Groves High School students in the Birmingham Public Schools District to help them tell powerful, truthful stories about their community – starting with Team Robyn.

Team Robyn is about student AJ Camisa’s fundraising efforts to help families battling cancer – after his own mother’s diagnosis.

GOFUNDME: Team Robyn
T-Shirt link: Team Robyn

Chowdhry and Glover worked with the student journalists for several weeks, coaching them on aspects of storytelling, shooting, editing and presentation.

The students even came to the station in Southfield to see what it takes to put a story together and have it air on the news.

Team Robyn will run on 7 Action News at 5 p.m. Monday and across Scripps TV stations.

You can see the video in the player above.

Of course, WXYZ chronicled their journey. Take a look behind the scenes – or as we say in the news business see “how the sausage is made.”

PHOTOS: WXYZ Partners with Groves High school for National Literacy Week

To learn more, visit NewsLiteracyWeek.org and follow #NewsLiteracyWeek on social media.