National News Know-how Media Literacy Program accepting applications

San Antonio Public Library is currently accepting applications for its “News Know-how” program, a two-week media literacy program for teens grades 10 -12.  There are 15 participant openings and the program will run July 22 – August 2, 2013 at Central Library.

Applications will be accepted through May 25, 2013. All participants must commit to the full two weeks and complete a final team project due in November. The 15 selected participants will receive a small stipend. Interested teens can apply at . After May 25, all applicants will be contacted by Teen Services regarding application status.

In January of this year, San Antonio Public Library was one of two libraries nationwide to be selected for the program that is administered by the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) and funded by the Open Society Foundations.

“News-Know-how” is designed to help students learn to analyze news coverage in order to decipher fact from fiction. Librarians, journalists and news ethicists will weigh in on the matter in a fun and interactive way for teens.  To enhance the program, San Antonio Public Library has partnered with NOWCastSA, a local nonprofit that will serve as the local new media/journalism component for the program.  

“News Know-how is a great program that we hope will empower teens with knowledge that will last a lifetime,” said Jennifer Velasquez, Teen Services Coordinator for San Antonio Public Library.  “We are excited to offer the program and plan to have a lot of fun learning about the news. All are encouraged to apply. We would like participation from a diverse group.”

For additional information about this and other programs offered by the San Antonio Public Library Teen Services department, please contact Teen Services Coordinator, Jennifer Velasquez at or at 210.207.2567.

Disclosure: Jennifer Velasquez is a former member of the NOWCastSA Board of Directors.