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Qualcomm Participates in Bringing News Literacy to Children in Washington, DC

As a country, we see education as an important business. Educated minds are more informed, more discerning and more involved in government and foreign affairs. This is especially true at Qualcomm, a company rooted in education not only by the investments we make in this area but also by the principles that we hold true—after all, several of Qualcomm’s founders began their careers as educators.

On Sept. 6, I was honored to represent Qualcomm at an event that celebrates education -- marking the expansion of the News Literacy Project into the District of Columbia. On behalf of Qualcomm as the lead sponsor of this D.C. expansion,   I joined FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill on the stage at the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington to commend this effort and highlight Qualcomm’s strong support.

The News Literacy Project (NLP), founded by former L.A. Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Alan Miller, brings journalists into the classroom where they can lend their expertise to enhance the lesson plans that teachers are introducing to their students. The goal of the NLP program is to enhance the children’s learning so they can become “better students today and better informed citizens tomorrow”. The program not only teaches the children how to recognize well-sourced and ethical news, but it also gives them a sense of understanding so that they will want to follow the news and be active in civic, political and foreign affairs.

This program is important to Qualcomm because it is helping children, who are the future of our nation, understand how they can contribute to our government and society as informed citizens. I especially like what Jennie Niles, the founder of the E.L. Haynes School, had to say at the ceremony, “The goal of this program is to teach our children to become incredible advocates for social change in the world.”

Due to the enormity of available resources that digital learning provides, students in the 21st century require a learning environment that includes higher order thinking skills, analysis, synthesis, collaboration, and the other tools that we as professionals use in our day-to-day lives.  The NLP program does just that and in the words of Commissioner Copps, “creates new decision makers who will be contributing participants of our government.”

I truly enjoyed participating in this event and witnessing the wealth of interest that the E.L. Haynes students have in journalism, even at the 8th grade level. It was also very special getting to meet Gwen Ifill, who gave the keynote address at the event and then led a Q&A for the students. Ms. Ifill summed up the value of the NLP program perfectly when she said, “we need to make an avenue of information so extensive that you can escape by thinking. That is what the NLP program is all about.”

By providing students with the tools they need to succeed, we are educating a future workforce that is prepared, can adapt as new jobs evolve and can compete in the global economy.  And that is fundamental to who we are and what we believe at Qualcomm.

Link to NLP blog post about the event.

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