If I had to quibble about one thing in this article, it would be the fact that a lot of the very first accounts of events on the ground came from Black Twitter, and Black Twitter amplified the issue.
In addition to addressing the issue of objectivity in journalism, Jay Davis also gives 8 essential guidelines for reading between the lines and analyzing news stories.
Being media literate means understanding why having such knowledge is important. Here, Patricia Aufderheide outlines 8 key principles in media literacy.
How well do you understand what it means to be media literate?
On February 7, Breitbart News’s Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro published an explosive-looking story under the headline “Secret Hagel Donor? White House Ducks Question on ‘Friends of Hamas.'” Quoting “Senate sources,” Shapiro claimed that crucial documents on Hagel’s “foreign funding” might be kept from the Senate Armed Services Committe because “one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.”
Dan Gillmor is singing my song here, so I will likely be quoting from this book quite a bit. It’s the text we are using for MCO 494 Special Topics: Digital Media Literacy, and Dan is the instructor for the course.