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Using News in Teaching the Humanities 

and Social Sciences

Fake News or Not?

New York Times News Diet Challenge: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/learning/media-literacy-student-challenge-explore-your-relationship-with-news.html. Having trouble discerning whether something is fake news or not? This challenge includes asking students to think about what the news means to them with a series of personal news milestones outlined in the article. It also asks them to consider why they do not engage with the news. The article gives teachers ideas of how they could manage this in a classroom context. Finally, it takes teachers through a very detailed and comprehensive breakdown of how you might get students to tackle the diet survey with prompts you can use with your students along the way.


Media Literacy 

https://www.abc.net.au/education/media-literacy/for-teachers/.  The Media Literacy Booster Pack has infographics, interactives and explainers for teachers and students on a range of topics such as evaluating information, separating facts from opinion, recognising bias, filtering out Fake News, spotting errors and detecting propaganda.


HOW DO YOU STUDENTS FIND OUT ABOUT THE NEWS OF THE WORLD?

Survey students as to if/how they find out about the news of the world. If you don’t use BTN (Behind the News on ABC Education) in the classroom, do they find out through social media, radio, newspapers, parents – or not at all? (Social Media news may be just celebrity gossip). In this edition’s Editorial (below) we consider the seemingly declining influence of mainstream media and why it is important for citizens in a democracy to be aware of what the issues are for society and what governments are doing about them. Interest in this topic comes in the wake of the raids by the Australian Federal Police on media offices, and the current Your Right to Know campaign by news outlets and the publishing of pages of redacted print to emphasise possible cover-up. See https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/why-australias-front-pages-have-been-censored/news-story/4241f3f3fd64c2328bada5a7412e02c8.

- Strong independent institutions with strong oversight
- Freedom of the press
- Free and fair elections
- Civil rights
- Engaged citizens that are willing to hold governments accountable.
 https://curbypartners.com.au/2019/03/11/is-australia-doing-enough-to-prevent-corruption/

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