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Denver students combat stigma around mental health as part of News Literacy Week

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jan 28, 2020

DENVER, Colo. -- Something we hear a lot is that news is delivered with a slant. Whether that be local or national television or social media, opinions and misinformation often spread as fact without the tools viewers and readers need to figure out what’s authentic and what’s bogus.

So this week, The E.W. Scripps Company is producing stories in partnership with schools with the goal of working with students in identifying an important issue that matters to them and helping students decipher fact from fiction. After all, we want to inform — not influence.

Behind the scenes: How Thomas Jefferson High journalists work to 'get it right.'

As part of the Scripps mission to do well by doing good, the company is committed to not only raising awareness that news literacy is a basic life skill and essential to a healthy democracy, but also equipping the public with tips and tools to become news-literate.

National News Literacy Week was created by Scripps leadership as a way to do just that – in creating a news-literate generation capable of spotting misinformation and preventing others from spreading it.

As part of the project, KMGH in Denver is highlighting the work Thomas Jefferson High School students are doing on mental health, an issue important to their community. The message from students to their peers: "Every day is a new day."

KMGH says it's proud to share how these students are working to combat the stigma around mental health to improve the well-being of others.

How Denver high school students work together to combat the stigma of mental health

This story was originally published by Russell Haythorn at KMGH.