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Promote news literacy by creating and supporting good media

These lesson plans highlight the connections between media literacy and civil society — including good governance, economic development and informed citizenship.  The lesson plans teach students to promote news literacy by creating and supporting good media, and to motivate media to better cover global issues and events.  Students learn to:

PROMOTE the importance of citizens participating in media
PROMOTE freedom of expression and civic responsibility
PROMOTE alternative forms of news media
PROMOTE digital media as watchdog
PROMOTE using media to educate others
PROMOTE free speech and a free press
PROMOTE skeptical thinking, not negative thinking about news and news organizations
PROMOTE how media is absolutely necessary for the healthy functioning of civil society



Students who complete some or all of these lesson plans will have worked through the following points:

  • Freedom of Expression promotes a true sense of ownership within society by allowing ordinary individuals to examine and express different thoughts and opinions. Media must fairly and accurately represent that diversity.

  • Freedom of Expression, at its core, combines access to information and citizen participation in media.