News Literacy Center Opens in Poznan, Poland

Poznan News Lit class


It is our pleasure to announce the activation of the News Literacy Center, located in the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. It is the first News Literacy Center in Europe and second outside the United States after the Asia-Pacific Digital Citizens Project at the University of Hong Kong.

The Center has been established as part of a fast developing cooperation between Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, initiated last autumn by Richard Hornik, Director of Overseas Partnerships Programs at the Center for News Literacy, SBU, and Professor Tadeusz Wallas, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, AMU.

The News Literacy Center is an organic part of the AMU’s Faculty of Political Science and Journalism. Professor Tadeusz Wallas in his capacity as the Center’s director provides strategic guidance and academic supervision for its operations. Its staff also include Agnieszka Filipiak (MA), Eliza Kania (MA), Jeroen Van den Bosch (MA) and Rafał Wiśniewski (PhD). Agnieszka, Eliza and Rafał attended Stony Brook’s 2014 Summer Institute for News Literacy and taught a News Literacy course to the first group of the Faculty’s students in the winter semester of the 2014/15 academic year. Jeroen, who also works at the AMU’s Transatlantic Mobility Office, works on creating synergy between the Center’s activities and projects realized in the frame of the Erasmus Mundus program.

The Main goal of the News Literacy Center at AMU is the popularization of the News Literacy curriculum in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, as well as Central Asia. The first project initiated in this new framework will be the organization of a News Literacy Summer Institute in Poznan July 8-15, 2015. It will bring together educators from throughout the region who are interested in to adapting and adopting News Literacy concepts in their home institutions.

The staff of the Center of News Literacy at AMU would like to thank their Stony Brook partners, and especially Dean Howard Schneider and Mr. Richard Hornik for their continued and substantive support for bilateral cooperation. We look forward to further joint initiatives.