News Literacy

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This News Literacy mini-course is designed to be a short course that introduces students who are not enrolled in the School of Journalism's News Literacy course (JRN 101 or 103) to some of the main concepts of News Literacy.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term “news.”
  • Recognize quality journalism.
  • Evaluate information critically.
  • Appreciate the importance of news literacy.


Performance Objectives

The instructor will use the following measures to assess course outcomes. Some will be used to test your performance, others will be used to find ways to modify the course to improve it.

  • The student can define, orally or in writing, the meaning of the word "news."
  • The student can define, orally or in writing, the meaning of the term "news literacy."
  • The student can explain, orally or in writing, the importance of news literacy.
  • Given an article, the student identifies, orally or in writing, whether or not it a piece of quality journalism.
  • The student chooses to keep up with current events, evidenced by reading news.
  • The student chooses to read quality journalism, evidenced by reading quality news sources.
  • The student chooses to evaluate all sources critically, evidenced by selecting appropriate material for assignments.


To Prepare For This Course

  • Be ready to share your opinion. This course relies on student discussions to help you work out on your own how you feel on issues related to news literacy. There is no right or wrong answers. The discussion itself is what's important. Thinking things through is more important than coming up with the right answer.
  • Be ready for the instructor to jump into your discussions to add supplemental information when needed, to help you make sure you are on track for the assignments, and also simply to listen to what are sure to be interesting and possibly heated discussions.


To Get The Most Out Of This Course

  • Make note of any unfamiliar terms/concepts you come across during the course in the glossary. There is a link to the glossary on each page. Feel free to add definitions and insights where you can. The glossary will be a helpful resource for future students taking the course. This will also be an important resource for the instructor and will be consulted when making adjustments to the course in the future.
  • Be prepared to participate in class.
  • While the course is ongoing, pay attention to current events and relate what is discussed in the course to coverage of the stories. This will help reinforce what you are learning.
  • Reflect on the thoughts you have during class discussion and while working on assignments.
  • If you have a question, ask. If you have an idea for further exploration, suggest it.
  • Make this course meaningful to you in your own way.


Exploring Further On Your Own

  • Each lesson has this section and the purpose of this section is to provide additional areas for exploration for those who are interested.
  • Reviewing these resources is not required for the course.
  • Students are encouraged to collaborate with the instructor on this list by adding resources they find during their research that they think would be of interest to other students.


Collaborate On The Design Of This Course

Throughout the course you will be provided with prompts, suggested questions, to help you deepen your understanding of a topic. If you have any suggestions for what students should think about to help them understand a topic, please document them and present them to the instructor. This will improve the content of the course. Thanks in advance for your help.


News Literacy Glossary
News Literacy Lesson 1
News Literacy Lesson 2
News Literacy Lesson 3
News Literacy Lesson 4
Porfolio Page
ETAP 623 Fall 2011