Advances in digital and mobile technologies have increased the speed and ease with which information is disseminated, making it easier for unsubstantiated information, rumors, and propaganda to spread. This presents challenges for commercial and student journalists alike as they strive to “break” stories while still meeting professional, legal and ethical responsibilities across new media platforms.
This 8-page lesson plan is designed for one three-hour class session, or, it may be presented as three one-hour lessons. It includes detailed lecture notes, and discussion questions about:
• the responsible use and role of social media in sourcing, authenticating, and repeating information
• ethical and legal considerations for student journalists using social media
• and guidelines for reporting and promoting news via social media.
Additional activities are built around links to respected journalism sites with best practices for legal and ethical social media usage. Student journalists will use an established set of talking points to discuss and debate appropriate journalism practices for generating, sharing, and promoting content when using new media; and, to determine best practices for sourcing and independently confirming information gathered online. Students will then come to consensus on guidelines to responsibly generate, source and diffuse fair and accurate information using new technologies to design a Social Media Policy for their school media.
This product comes to you as a customizable Word document so that you may format and print each page as needed for your particular classroom purposes, e.g. overhead notes, resource handout, printable assignment, etc.