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News Literacy lecture #1 (Comms 351 Fall 2011) Adapted from Center for News Literacy.

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Comms 351 Lecture 1 Comms 351 Lecture 1 Presentation Transcript

  • A special section of Media & Their Audiencesfor non-journalism majors Dr. Dale Cressman
  • From Johann to Jon....
  • How Do You Know If You’re Getting Reliable News? 3
  • How Do We Know What’s Reliable?
  • What Is News LiteracyAnd Why Does It Matter?
  • News Literacy is the ability to use criticalthinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the Internet.
  • Reliable information is actionable. It allows news consumers to make adecision, take action orshare responsibly with others.
  • Why News Literacy Matters: In the Information Age,YOU the consumer are now in charge of determining what is reliable and what is not.
  • This is a course about news literacy. Watch, listen, read every day.
  • Classroom Etiquette · No Phones ringing · No Facebooking · No Texting · No Talking · No Sleeping · Be on TimeViolators will be asked to leave class
  • News Literacy Matters(Or, What Happened During The Break and What It Has to Do With News Literacy)
  • While You Were Away…
  • While You Were Away…
  • While You Were Away…
  • People arent’ torching cars and stealing televisions becausethey’re angry about “reduced hours at the local library”. These aresimply “looters and vandals and thieves”. -London TelegraphNow that Britain’s flood of cheap credit has ebbed and jobs arescarce, the disenfranchised poor scramble for footing in a “worldwhere identity comes from consumption” -Clive Bloom, Financial TimesThe consensus seems to be that a “widening gap between richand poor, no jobs, and a frustrated underclass” are to blame…Arewe next? -Raymond Bonner, TheAtlantic.com
  • Is this news?
  • Is this news?
  • From One “Berg” to Another A Revolution in Communications
  • 986 A.D.:Viking ExplorersDiscover North America
  • The Dark AgesA Monk Spent Months to Produce a Single Book
  • Gutenberg’s Printing Press Changes the World
  • The First Mass-Produced Book The Gutenberg Bible
  • Within 50 YearsFrom a Few Books to Six Million
  • Books That Changed theWorld and Challenged Authority 1534 – Martin Luther and His Bible
  • Books That Changed theWorld and Challenged Authority1776 – Tom Paine’s Revolutionary “Common Sense”
  • Mark Twain on the Printing Press “It found truth astir on earth and gave it wings; but untruth was also abroad, and it was supplied with a double pair of wings.”
  • 1815 – The Battle of New Orleans Almost 2,000 Soldiers Died 15 Days After the End of the War of 1812
  • Accuracy and Speed Tradeoff 1838 – Samuel Morse Sends First Public Telegram in America
  • Radio Covers the World Live1937 – The Voyage of the Hindenberg
  • And Then You Were There… 1920 – First News Broadcast of Presidential Election Results
  • 1969: The Information Revolution 2.0 While we were marveling over live TV from the moon… The Internet was born: ARPANET
  • The Information Revolution 2.0 Between the end of Bush’s first term, and the beginning of Obama’s first term, Web 2.0 changed the rules.
  • Challenges for Consumers Challenge #1: Information Overload Challenge #2: The Blurring of the LinesChallenge #3: Overcoming Your Own Bias Challenge #4: A Crisis of Authenticity
  • The Information Revolution 2.0 “Every Two Days We Create As Much Information As We Did Up To 2003,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt
  • Challenges for the News Consumer Is everyone a “journalist”?
  • The Blurring of the Lines News or Entertainment?
  • Can you handle the truth? CNN/ORC Poll
  • Cognitive Dissonance:Even after the release of the long form birthcertificate, a significant percentage of thepopulation still believes Obama to be Muslim
  • Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
  • Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
  • Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
  • Assignment: News Blackout For 48 Hours No Facebook (or other social media) No News… No Sports Scores… No Weather… …Even From Friends or Family Summarize Your Reaction