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Unformatted text preview: News Literacy – JRN 101B/103G News Literacy – JRN 101B/103G How Do You Know You’re Getting the Truth From the News Media? What Is News Literacy What Is News Literacy And Why Does It Matter? News Literacy is the ability to use News Literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the Internet. Our Goals Our Goals • Learn how to distinguish between legitimate news and other kinds of information • Learn how to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports • Understand the mission of the press Our Goals, continued Our Goals, continued • Understand how news decisions are made • Learn how to be a smart news consumer in the Internet Age and not be manipulated and deceived • Understand the responsibilities of a news consumer Reminder: 101­B vs. 103­G Reminder: 101­B vs. 103­G News Literacy counts as a “B” DEC course if you are registered for 101, and as a “G” DEC course if you are registered for 103. You cannot get credit for both DEC categories with this course. Use Blackboard Regularly Use Blackboard Regularly You are responsible for assignments and for course announcements that will be posted on Blackboard. How to Succeed in News Lit How to Succeed in News Lit “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ­Woody Allen Win Free Tuition for a Semester! Win Free Tuition for a Semester ∙ Open to all News Open to all News Literacy students ∙ Students who receive Students who receive an “A” in the essay portion of their final exam are eligible. How to Succeed in News Lit How to Succeed in News Lit This is a course about news literacy. Engage with the news every day. Change Your Homepage Change Your Homepage Engage with the news as soon as you turn on your computer. Why News Matters Why News Matters (Or, What Happened During Your Winter Break and What It Has to Do With News Literacy) A 2008 Economic Pain Index: ∙ Nationwide Unemployment: 7.2 % Nationwide Unemployment: 7.2 % ∙ Home Foreclosures: 2.3 million Home Foreclosures: 2.3 million ∙ Dow Jones on 12/31/07: 13,265; Dow Jones on 12/31/07: 13,265; Dow Jones on 12/31/08: 8,776 ∙ NY State Budget Deficit for 2009: $4.3 billion NY State Budget Deficit for 2009: $4.3 billion ∙ SUNY Budget Cut: $146.3 million SUNY Budget Cut: $146.3 million ∙ SUNY Tuition Increase: $620 per year, 3 years SUNY Tuition Increase: $620 per year, 3 years Why News Matters Why News Matters Why News Matters: Why News Matters: The Battle Over Information “It isn’t just a war,” said Nicholas Lemann, the dean of the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University. “It’s a media war. Public opinions outside the region are very important, and they’re shaped by the Why News Matters: What’s Fair? Why News Matters: What’s Fair? favorable to Israel is an understatement,’ said Hugh Sansom of Brooklyn.” “Dorit Sauer Raskin of Manhattan saw it in an entirely different light. ‘Why do you not print any articles of the suffering of the people in Israel?’ she asked. ‘Where are the pro­Israel articles?’” “Bombs and rockets are flying between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, and once again, The Times is caught in a familiar crossfire, accused from all sides of unfair and inaccurate coverage.” “’To describe The Times’s reporting as inadequate and The Dark Ages The Dark Ages A Monk Spent Months to Produce a Single Book Within 50 Years Within 50 Years From a Few Books to Six Million Books That Changed the Books That Changed the World and Challenged Authority 1534 – Martin Luther and His Bible Books That Changed the Books That Changed the World and Challenged Authority 1776 – Tom Paine’s Revolutionary “Common Sense” Mark Twain on the Printing Press 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.” The Information Revolution 2.0 The Information Revolution 2.0 1969 – The Internet is Born as ARPANET The Information Revolution 2.0 More Information, Faster “There are more than 70 million blogs and 150 million Web sites today – a number that is expanding at a rate of approximately ten thousand an hour. Two hundred and ten billion e­mails are sent each day.” The Information Revolution 2.0 40% say they get most 40% say they get most national and international news from the Internet; 35% say they rely on newspapers. Challenges for the News Consumer Challenges for the News Consumer Challenge #1: Information Overload “In 2006 alone, the world produced 161 exabytes of digital data, the equivalent of three million times the information contained in all the books ever written.” ­The Columbia Journalism Review, 12/08 Challenges for the News Consumer Challenges for the News Consumer Challenge #3: Changes in the News Industry The Paper Cuts Blog Tracks Newspaper Job Cuts Our Reactions Aren’t Always Our Reactions Aren’t Always Rational Cognitive Dissonance: • A belief among partisans that news reports are painting them in the worst possible light. The War in Lebanon, 1982 • People who are deeply involved in one side of an issue or another are quicker to spot and remember aspects of a news story that are negative. • The best­informed partisans are the most likely to see bias. “The Media” vs. “The News Media” The Media: Encompasses the universe of entertainment and information, created and distributed in any format. The News Media: A subset of the media that delivers news. ...
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