Comms 351 Lecture 1

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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

    1. 1. A special section of Media & Their Audiencesfor non-journalism majors Dr. Dale Cressman
    2. 2. From Johann to Jon....
    3. 3. How Do You Know If You’re Getting Reliable News? 3
    4. 4. How Do We Know What’s Reliable?
    5. 5. What Is News LiteracyAnd Why Does It Matter?
    6. 6. 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.
    7. 7. Reliable information is actionable. It allows news consumers to make adecision, take action orshare responsibly with others.
    8. 8. Why News Literacy Matters: In the Information Age,YOU the consumer are now in charge of determining what is reliable and what is not.
    9. 9. This is a course about news literacy. Watch, listen, read every day.
    10. 10. Classroom Etiquette · No Phones ringing · No Facebooking · No Texting · No Talking · No Sleeping · Be on TimeViolators will be asked to leave class
    11. 11. News Literacy Matters(Or, What Happened During The Break and What It Has to Do With News Literacy)
    12. 12. While You Were Away…
    13. 13. While You Were Away…
    14. 14. While You Were Away…
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. Is this news?
    17. 17. Is this news?
    18. 18. From One “Berg” to Another A Revolution in Communications
    19. 19. 986 A.D.:Viking ExplorersDiscover North America
    20. 20. The Dark AgesA Monk Spent Months to Produce a Single Book
    21. 21. Gutenberg’s Printing Press Changes the World
    22. 22. The First Mass-Produced Book The Gutenberg Bible
    23. 23. Within 50 YearsFrom a Few Books to Six Million
    24. 24. Books That Changed theWorld and Challenged Authority 1534 – Martin Luther and His Bible
    25. 25. Books That Changed theWorld and Challenged Authority1776 – Tom Paine’s Revolutionary “Common Sense”
    26. 26. 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.”
    27. 27. 1815 – The Battle of New Orleans Almost 2,000 Soldiers Died 15 Days After the End of the War of 1812
    28. 28. Accuracy and Speed Tradeoff 1838 – Samuel Morse Sends First Public Telegram in America
    29. 29. Radio Covers the World Live1937 – The Voyage of the Hindenberg
    30. 30. And Then You Were There… 1920 – First News Broadcast of Presidential Election Results
    31. 31. 1969: The Information Revolution 2.0 While we were marveling over live TV from the moon… The Internet was born: ARPANET
    32. 32. 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.
    33. 33. 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
    34. 34. The Information Revolution 2.0 “Every Two Days We Create As Much Information As We Did Up To 2003,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt
    35. 35. Challenges for the News Consumer Is everyone a “journalist”?
    36. 36. The Blurring of the Lines News or Entertainment?
    37. 37. Can you handle the truth? CNN/ORC Poll
    38. 38. Cognitive Dissonance:Even after the release of the long form birthcertificate, a significant percentage of thepopulation still believes Obama to be Muslim
    39. 39. Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
    40. 40. Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
    41. 41. Challenges for the News Consumer Crisis of authenticity
    42. 42. 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

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