Apple is Teaming up With Media Literacy Programs in the U.S. and Europe

Apple News has become a major product for Apple since its initial debut, and now Apple wants to make sure that it is continuing to reflect factual content on a regular basis.

That effort will get the support from Apple and its editorial teams, but will also include a new partnership with several different other entities. Apple announced today that it is partnering with three nonprofit organizations which are based in the United States and Europe. Those are: The News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the U.S., and the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy. Each of these nonprofits will receive support from Apple for “empowering young people with the critical thinking skills”.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, weighed in on the news:

“News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens.”

These organizations in the U.S. and Europe are designated non-partisan and independent, and the idea here is to help promote factual journalism and stories as they are reported upon all over the globe. Lauren Kern is the Editor-in-Chief of Apple News, and said:

“Apple News is committed to presenting quality journalism from trusted sources,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.”

Details are relatively light beyond the above. It sounds like Apple is just making sure that these nonprofits can continue to function in their day-to-day routine. Still, it’s a good effort to be part of.

[via Apple]