Teaching a News Literacy Course

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Janis Schachter's picture
Teaching a News Literacy Course

Hello! I teach News Literacy at Northport High School on Long Island. If you are teaching News Lit as a course or as part of a course, I'd love to hear from you. We could share ideas/stories about what is working and what is not working.

dmiller's picture

Janis, I'm linking this entry to the "We Teach News Literacy" group I built on LinkedIn a few years ago. It's a mix of journalism, digital literacy and library science teachers in addition to News Literacy folk. I hope they'll cross-over and connect to you.

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I use two of the lectures for my Power and Media course at Webster University Vienna.

dmiller's picture

Title of your course is VERY interesting. May I have a syllabus to share?

Also, I'm curious which two lectures you've used and how new is the course?

Many thanks for reaching out.



Alison's picture

If you give me your email address, I can send the syllabus. It won't include your courses, though. I'm adding in Real News, Opinion and Assertion  because as a class, we agreed that news literacy for audiences was one way to combat problems arising from fake news (and the fake news sites now being run by the Republican party, among others). I'm using the cognitive dissonance as an entre to our section on the Filter Bubble: Power of Algorhythms.

It's the first time I've done the course (it is part of our "Topics in the Media" series) and I've learned a lot. I hope I get to teach it again because I'd run it differently next time.

Finally, may I make you aware of a conference we will be holding in September on Power and Media? We've just issued a call for papers. We're in the process of finalizing our keynote speakers. Stay tuned!

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   A class that morphs and adds new material mid-stream because "As a class, we agreed..." is evidence of a pretty remarkably flexible teacher. Bravo. Send me your syllabus at dean.miller@stonybrook.edu and I'll see if there are other resources we can send your way.

  The Power and Media conference sounds very interesting. With your permission, we'd promote it through the DRC and our mailing list.