Lesson Plan


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As part of their continued investigation of the reporting of the shooting of Michael Brown class members analyze photos of Michael Brown and the social media response to these images. The class then develops a guide they believe news organizations should use when selecting images to accompany news stories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals create three different images of themselves and reflect on what reactions the images might elicit from viewers if seen on social media
Classroom Considerations
  • The seventh 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
  • Class members also consider other factors that influence news reporting and image selection (deadlines, word limits, audience, etc.), and the importance and power of hashtag campaigns
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