ERIC Number: ED408232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Citizenship in a Media Age: Building the Common Good. A Media Literacy Workshop Kit. Leader's Guide and Handout Masters.
This guide consists of four units that explore how media are transforming politics in the United States and how citizens can become more analytical of media messages to participate more fully in democracy. Each session is complete with procedural instructions, handouts, and is tied to readings pertinent to the topic. The Awareness and Analysis modules help participants understand how the media operates and what its effects are. The Reflection and Action modules suggest how participants can recast the press as a tool of public information. Module 1, "Awareness Learning Modules," is designed to elicit and make use of participants' knowledge about the media and the effect of contemporary media on democracy. Activities include: (1) "The Democratic Model"; (2) "Polling or Public Opinion"; and (3) "News and Information: Are They Opposites?" The handout used for this module is "The Democratic Model." Module 2, "Analysis Learning Modules," analyzes common practices within the media and how they affect public information. Activities are titled: (1) "Shopping Headlines"; (2) "Photo Opportunities: PR or Politics?"; and (3) "Selling Issues." Handouts include: (1) "Shopping Headlines"; (2) "Photo Opportunities"; and (3) "Political Spots: Friend or Foe?" Module 3, "Reflection Learning Modules," suggests participants imagine a media system that better prepares the public for its role in public discussion and provides greater opportunity for public debate. Activities include: (1) "Re-imagining Democratic Media"; and (2) "The Front Lines." The handouts are entitled: (1)"Re-imagining Democratic Media"; and (2) "Designing a Media Campaign." Module 4, "Action Learning Modules," fosters involvement in media systems as activists, reformers, and media literate citizens. Activities include: (1) "Talking Back"; (2) "Telling Your Story"; (3) "Alternative Media: Show and Tell"; and (4) "Critical Media Skills." Handouts include "Opening Lines" and "Story Savvy." The guide concludes with an evaluation, follow-up ideas, and resources. (EH)
Descriptors: Advertising, Citizenship, Law Related Education, Mass Media, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Mass Media Use, Political Campaigns, Political Influences, Politics, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Television, Television Research
Center for Media and Values, 1962 South Shenandoah, Los Angeles, CA 90034; phone: 310-559-2944.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: California Council for the Humanities, San Francisco.
Authoring Institution: Center for Media and Values, Los Angeles, CA.