Evaluating News Reports

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The news can be scary, but is it always accurate? Young journalists read about the necessary elements of evaluating a news story for accuracy, thoroughness, newsworthiness, and biased or balanced reporting. After reading a description of an example newscast, including its voiceover and video, learners choose their own news story to analyze based on the criteria listed.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate into a unit on interview questions or informative writing
  • Provide more examples of biased reporting and exaggeration in the news
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure that your class is mature enough to watch a newscast and its subject matter
  • The lesson is part of a larger unit on media literacy, and would work well in that context or by itself
Pros

  • Emphasizes critical thinking and use of the 5 W's
  • Applicable to journalism, a school broadcast program, or a language arts unit on informational text and evaluating credibility
Cons

  • None