Media Literacy,

There is always change, but 2020 was a year of extraordinary changes — global deaths due to a pandemic, marches for racial equality and justice, name changes of schools and teams, a woman of Indian and Jamaican heritage on the Democratic ticket, NASA’s return to space shuttles — and mundane curtailments that influenced culture. Students read, discuss and debate, and write about these changes and those who made a difference.

Clean rivers require awareness of what our actions can do to them. They may be polluted by carelessness or intent. They may be monitored by volunteers — citizen scientists, revived, used and enjoyed. Government, businesses, communities and individuals all have roles.

 

Winning or losing season, varsity or JV, mens or womens, all sports teams should be covered by the school media. The Washington Post provides models for writers, editors and photographers and the Society of Professional Journalists guides with a code of ethics.

The initiation of impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump requires understanding the U.S. Constitution (Articles I and II) and the history of impeachment, the Whistleblower Protection Act, Ukraine and its new president — and many points of view. 

Brain damage, a new competitive sport, advocacy advertisements, elder boom and young worker shortage, current global and national issues, our relationship with works and kids and an appreciation of Toni Morrison are covered in this month’s guide with suggested activities for using the Post reprints.

There are dozens of voluntary trade agreements between two or more nations that are intended to benefit all parties. When tariffs are imposed on a unilateral basis they may result in retaliatory tariffs and increased prices on goods and services. Activities and articles cover the costs and benefits of trade, tariffs, trade deficits and surplus, and international trade agreements.

Columnists are informed opinion writers with a distinct voice and style. They have the same ethical and journalistic standards as reporters but add a particular perspective gained through experience, education and a passion for the topic. Columns are strong models for student composition development.

Rights guaranteed in the First Amendment and the Second Amendment have limits. The Supreme Court has decided some of the issues surrounding these rights, but many, such as gun ownership and use, remain for citizens, states and Congress to address.

When The New York Times, followed by The Washington Post and other newspapers, published Pentagon Papers-based articles they were exercising freedom of the press that was affirmed in 1971 in The New York Times Company v. United States and in United States v. The Washington Post et. al. The movie, The Post, tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, the leak of thousands of pages of “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Task Force,” and Katharine Graham’s decision to publish articles based in them.

Analyze and write ledes, explore how focus may change a feature story and consider the journalist's role in maintaining the freedoms of press and speech through the suggested activities and reprinted Post pieces in this month’s guide.

 

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