Reading news and the images of media culture
- informed and critical understanding of the nature of mass media, the techniques used by them, and the impact of these techniques
- • Decoding media messages in the news. • Analysing universal news drivers \ news values. • Evaluating direct and indirect evidence in the news. • Evaluating the sources of the news. • Deconstructing the news.
- • Decoding media messages in visual images. • Deconstructing visual images in the news. • Applying online tools to verify the authenticity of a photo.
- WEEK 1 - “Making Sense of the News”: News Literacy and the Power of InformationWhy news literacy matters. The Power of Information. The spread of bias, propaganda, and deliberately misleading information in the digital age. Why journalists become targets: the dangers of journalism.
- WEEK 2 - “Making Sense of the News”: Journalism vs other types of informationInformation neighbourhoods: how journalism differs from promotion, entertainment and raw information. Universal news drivers: news values.
- Week 3 - “Making Sense of the News”: Truth and evidence in the newsTruth and evidence in the news. Evaluating direct and indirect evidence.Fact checking and verification in the news.
- Week 4 - “Making Sense of the News”: Balance and fairness in the newsFair and balanced representations. 4 types of news coverage and what they mean.The importance of sources. 5 criteria for evaluating the sources. Transparency, characterization, and corroboration in a story.What makes a source reliable.Evaluating anonymous sources.
- Week 5 - “Making Sense of the News”: Applying news literacy skillsNews Literacy Deconstruction Basics. News deconstruction steps. Debunking the viral news. Types of Online Fakes. Fake news. Online tools to verify the authenticity of a photo. Applying the basics to different information media.Power of new media.
- Week 6 - “Making Sense of the News”: Beyond the news literacy basicsNumbers in context: Opinion polls and surveys. News angles. News story as a narrative.
- News Deconstruction Task (NDC): analytical individual taskStudents are supposed to use the 7-step model of news deconstruction. The task is to be done individually on the basis of a recent news story. The task is submitted in written form \ downloaded in the LMS.
- Formative assessment tasksAll assessment tasks from the Coursera course “Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens”, offered by the State University of Hong Kong and the State University of New York (https://www.coursera.org/learn/news-literacy), Students are supposed to do all the obligatory assessment tasks in the Coursera course “Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens”. Optional tasks are up to the students.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.7 * Formative assessment tasks + 0.3 * News Deconstruction Task (NDC): analytical individual task
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- Edward T. Arke (2012). Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes // The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398809.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780195398809-e-6?rskey=eIkuuR&result=1
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