Freedom of the Press: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is an 8 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 22 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Freedom of the Press.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Freedom of the Press. The video will first explain the portion of the First Amendment dealing with freedom of the press and why it is important this right exists. The idea of prior restraint is first discussed- Censorship of the press before a story is published, broadcast on television, radio or the internet. The video explains how the Supreme Court case of Near v. Minnesota made prior restraint of the press by the government not allowed. The policy of libel suits are also explained to show how the press is dissuaded from publishing untrue stories. The negative "chilling effect" of possible libel suits over the press is also discussed. The video then reviews in detail the Supreme Court cases of New York Times v. Sullivan & New York Times v. U.S. to show students the importance of the free press and how this power was partially bestowed by the courts. The video does explain when censorship is appropriate, troop movements during times of war for example. The video concludes by reviewing why a free press is important for American democracy.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.