Reporting with Social Media

What does it take to create news stories that are both informative and objective? Aspiring journalists walk the line between engagement and activism with lesson 15 of a 16-part series titled The Social Media Toolbox. Grouped pupils examine how local publications use social media and research methods that make the most of a social media presence.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite local journalists to share their social media experiences and tips with the class
  • Have individuals practice identifying word choices that may indicate bias 
Classroom Considerations

  • Students need Internet access throughout the lesson
Pros

  • The resource stresses the importance of both entertainment and ethics in journalism
  • Learners gain insight into local and regional social media use, which is helpful in making decisions for their own organizations
Cons

  • None