Monitor how news coverage affects social and corporate institutions—schools, religious institutions, community groups, local or national businesses, etc..
Media often act in the public interest through investigative reporting of wrongs committed by governments, corporations and others with power.
- Student exercise: Select an investigative news story (on any media platform). What did the story tell its audience that they didn’t know before? Research what happened after the story came out. Did the story get discussed? Were any actions taken (by government, the courts, the industry, the public) as a result of the story? What changes occurred in the behavior of those targeted: a corporation, a government, an organization, an individual?
- France: TV documentary on Monsanto
- Poland: Rospoda river story
- US: Wall Street Journal Pulitzer-winning article on pollution in China