Month: September 2019 launches

news literacy screenshots of home page

A new online platform dedicated to news literacy is up and running. Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Journalism Program, Sissel McCarthy, created the site called News Literacy Matters to raise awareness about what she considers a new core competency. 

 “News literacy is a skill we all need to stay informed in the 21stcentury because as the tagline on our website says, all information is not created equal,” McCarthy said. “You also can’t rely on anyone but yourself to find credible information anymore.”  

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Journalism student Maria Luisa Imbachi wins Aronson Award

Maria Luisa Imbachi

Hunter College journalism student Maria Luisa Imbachi has won the Aronson Award for Student Journalism.  Born in Colombia and raised in East-Elmhurst, Queens, Imbachi was a staff writer for The Athenian and a reporter and anchor for the journalism program’s biweekly newscast, Hunter News Now during her junior year.

As a Dreamer herself and recipient of the Dream.US scholarship, Imbachi chronicled some of the many issues facing undocumented students. “I learned that I could be a voice for  students who are afraid to speak up,” said Imbachi who is also passionate about the environment and reported on sustainability initiatives to make Hunter College a “greener” campus. 

Imbachi will be graduating in December and plans to continue her work on immigration and sustainability issues.