Thomas Jefferson High School students tackle big issues as part of News Literacy Week

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jan 27, 2020

Something we hear a lot is that news is delivered with a slant. Whether that be local or national television or social media, opinions and misinformation often spread as fact without the tools viewers and readers need to figure out what’s authentic and what’s bogus.

So, this week – Denver7 and its parent company, Scripps, are producing stories in partnership with local schools. Our goal is to work with students in identifying an important issue that matters to them and help students decipher fact from fiction. After all, we want to inform — not influence.

Behind the scenes: How Thomas Jefferson High journalists work to 'get it right.'

As part of the Scripps mission to do well by doing good, the company is committed to not only raising awareness that news literacy is a basic life skill and essential to a healthy democracy, but also equipping the public with tips and tools to become news-literate.

National News Literacy Week was created by Scripps leadership as a way to do just that – in creating a news-literate generation capable of spotting misinformation and preventing others from spreading it.

As part of the project, Denver7 is highlighting the work Thomas Jefferson High School students are doing on mental health, an issue important to their community. The message from students to their peers: 'Everyday is a new day.'

Denver7 is proud to share how these students are working to combat the stigma around mental health to improve the well being of others.

How Denver high school students work together to combat the stigma of mental health

On Monday, Jan. 27, Scripps TV stations around the country, as well as Scripps’ National Media brands, will premiere stories produced in collaboration with local schools on topics of importance to our community. The nationwide premiere of the stories will highlight high school-produced journalism.

Denver7 is working with Thomas Jefferson High School on the project. Look for those stories Monday night at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Denver7.