Northport High School social studies teacher Janis Schachter has been recognized globally for her work in media literacy, earning the silver level Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award from the Global Youth & News Media.
Ms. Schachter was notified of her win during a surprise Zoom meeting with Chairperson of Social Studies Sean Hurley and fellow social studies and law teacher, David Scott. An international jury of 19 experts in journalism, media literacy and press freedom chose three laureates for the new Schurz Press Freedom Teacher Award, with Ms. Schachter being the silver level award winner.
“Janis deftly helps her students learn critical media literacy skills that they can take with them throughout their lives and at the same time, through her work using Committee to Protect Journalists resources, avoids the common pitfall of also creating a hostility toward journalism,” shared the jury who selected her.
“Too often and in too many countries news and media literacy instruction skips the part about the need for journalism and the high personal price some pay to do that job,” said Dr. Aralynn Abare McMane, the director of Global Youth & News Media. “This year, we wanted to work toward correcting that by recognizing those on the front line of education who make sure those lessons are taught well.
“Ms. Schachter is an incredibly gifted and dedicated educator who encourages our students to seek out information and subsequently develop informed opinions based on factual information from reliable sources,” said Chairperson of Social Studies, Sean Hurley. “Not only does she foster an environment of inclusivity and self-expression, but she ensures that our students have the foundation for news literacy needed to be productive citizens in the modern world.”