In Unit 2, we looked at how news is put together in order to better understand opinion journalism, how the journalistic process of verification works, and how it can break down. In the practical portion of the quiz, we are going to give you a choice of which item you would like to present to us to show mastery of one of the major concepts covered in unit 2.
Please choose ONE of the following three activities, and share the outcome as a reply in this forum.
1. Choose a selection of at least 2 stories that demonstrate the provisional nature of truth. Your stories should demonstrate how the story changed over time as more evidence was made available to the reporter. In your short explanation of the story, include what the new pieces of evidence where that led to the change in the story.
2. Choose a story that shows an example of the verification process breaking down, leading to the publication of a piece of information that turned out not to be true. In your short explanation of the story, please include whether or not the publication was transparent about how it got the information that it did, and left out the information that it did not, and/or printed a correction for the erroneous information.
3. Choose a story that you believe demonstrated the journalistic process of verification well, and could be used a model to teach the concept of the verification process in a News Literacy class. Explain what pieces of direct evidence and indirect evidence were used in the story, and how they worked together.