News. Voice. Power.
What is News?
News is what is important and interesting
Who Decides What is News?
a. Journalist/Reporters - collect and prepare news stories
b. Editors/Publishers - decides what stories to cover, the order of coverage (e.g., what makes the front page or lead story), and how much coverage (i.e., length of story or broadcast)
Ten (10) Main Criteria Editors and Reporters Use to Decide the "Newsworthiness" of a Story
2. Competition and profit
4. Human interest
5. Importance and relevance
Why Does News Matter?
News matters because it has the power to shape how people think
Why is the News Media Powerful?
1. They help us shape our understanding of events and people
2. It can influence elections
3. It is how the public stays informed
4. They can influence public opinion
Should the Public be Trusted with Self-Government?
How ignorant are Americans?
Person on the street videos:
Who is Joe Biden?
http://bit.ly/SsVBXa (ends 1:25)
Can you pass the U.S. Citizenship test?
Socratic Seminar: How Ignorant are Americans?
Do a close reading of the article, "How Ignorant are Americans?"
Opening question: How does ignorance impact the U.S.?
Other questions to consider:
a. Citizens elect their governments. What information do they need in order to make an informed choice?
b. What information should people know?
c. If we rely on the news media to keep us informed, who is responsible for our ignorance?
d. Citizens can vote elected officials out of office. What information do they need in order to make an informed choice?
e. What are the dangers of an ignorant public in a democratic society?
November 2014 San Jose voter ballot
Power of the Media: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Three main powers of the media:
Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics
News Media Bias