Media Literacy

  • Why Do Hyperpartisan News Sites Exist? | PBS NewsHour

    This story is an installment of PBS NewsHour’s four-part series on “Junk News,” and explores who is behind creating inflammatory news sites, and why. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news, Cyrus Massoumi, who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward hyperpartisan news. Why does Massoumi do it? He makes a lot of money and it’s easy.

    After watching this video, classrooms may engage in a discussion about who has the responsibility to address the dangers of junk news. Is it the people who make the news, or the people who consume it? See support materials below for guiding questions and additional information about media literacy.

    May 6, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Free Speech and Trump’s Reaction to NFL Protesters | PBS NewsHour

    President Donald Trump’s comments that professional football players should be fired if they kneel during the national anthem have ignited condemnation from players, coaches and owners of three major sports. Trump took aim at the players during a rally in Alabama on September 22, 2017. The NFL’s Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the anthem last year as a protest against police brutality.

    September 25, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Media Literacy Helps You Talk About Hurricane Harvey with Your Students | PBS NewsHour

    For guidance on how to talk with students about Hurricane Harvey, you may want to read SAMHSA’s “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers.”  

    Rescue operations are in full gear as the devastation from Hurricane Harvey continues. The storm has affected some 6.8 million people — about a quarter of the population of Texas, according to the Associated Press. At least 21 people have been killed by Harvey since its initial landfall on August 25, 2017 — this is an update to the broadcast piece from the Associated Press. “We are striving for a new normal here,” said Brock Long, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator heading up the response to the category 4 storm. He said it will take years for Texas to fully recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

    August 30, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Fact vs. Fiction in the Media | PBS NewsHour

    Sometimes news is labeled as “fake” because the reader dislikes it or it contradicts their beliefs. However, fake news is when the news information as well as the news organization itself may intentionally be completely fabricated. Educators and media literacy advocates are working in the classroom to help students discern fact from fiction in news sources.

    June 7, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Facebook Mood Experiment Angers Users

    Help students understand the controversy over Facebook's psychological study of user behavior with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from July 2, 2014. Many Facebook users were upset by news that the social media network manipulated incoming content for hundreds of thousands of people without telling them. The manipulation was conducted for a study -- published in a respected scientific journal -- measuring how attitudes were affected by either positive or negative posts.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Tech Giants Call for Tighter Limits on Government Surveillance

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 10th, 2013.

    Eight prominent American tech companies sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects data online.

    Grades: 7-12
  • How 'Flipped Classrooms' Are Turning the Traditional School Day Upside Down

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 12th, 2013.

    Clintondale High School outside Detroit was one of the lowest performing schools in Michigan when they decided to "flip" their classrooms.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Tricking the Brain with Transformative Virtual Reality ERG

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 19th, 2013

    Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room?

    Grades: 7-12