Citizen Watchdogs and the News

To conclude their case study of media coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, class members consider the role of citizen watchdogs in a democratic society, develop strategies for combating confirmation bias, and reflect on the role they can play in developing mobile media as a tool for change.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have individuals follow an event reported on social media and in professional sources and apply what they have learned in the unit to evaluate the reports and posts
Classroom Considerations

  • The final lesson in an 11-resource case study of the social media and professional news reporting of the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer
Pros

  • The concluding essay asks individuals to consider how they can incorporate what they have learned from the unit to inform their use of and response to social media posts and news reports of events
Cons

  • None