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Democracy Dies in the Dark: How to Read and Critically Analyze the News
Kirsten Bowman JD
Together we will consider the different ways in which we receive news, how to analyze new sources for bias, where to find different sources for news and how to critically analyze the news that you find. Come improve your news literacy!!
US Grade 8 - 11
News literacy is a subset of media literacy focused on helping people process and understand news media messages, to locate more factual and credible information, and to think critically about what counts as news. News literacy is also about recognizing that quality, credible, independent news and journalism are critical components of any free and democratic society. This four week class will engage learners to understand where to find various forms of information and how to critically...
By the end of this four week course learners should feel confident in their ability to consume news with greater literacy, to identify mis-information and bias, to identify the difference between opinion and fact-based reporting and to critically analyze fact-based information to help inform their own personal opinions about society and the current events of the day.
Prior to my law degree I was a Coro Fellow in Public Policy trained in communication and the identification of public policy sourcing. Within my law career it is essential to critically analyze information and identify bias and perspective. Further, I have taught course on this subject for the past four years on Outschool.
Homework OfferedThere will be exercises assigned between each class to help learners apply the in-class learning and to practice the skills we learn in the on-live class sessions.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Current events and news of the day will be considered as we put the techniques we are learning into practice. The same current event may be read from various sources, such as blogs versus journalistic news sources in order to identify bias and perspective. It is essential to understand that this information will be presented as objectively as possible, providing information and tools to allow learners to analyze themselves, not to provide opinions about which news sources are more valuable than others. Learners will be encouraged to determine for themselves which sources they consider to be the most reliable, based on the type of information that they are seeking to consume.
Sources for this course will include open news sources including places such as wikipedia, the top newspapers across the globe published in English, as well as various blog and think tank sources. These sources will be used to help compare and contrast the different types of information you receive from each source, the bias or perspective which may be present in each type of source, the veracity of corroboration in each source etc.
Meet the teacher
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. I have travelled the world working for the UN as a...
$60for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(5)
Completed by 29 learners
Live video meetings
4-14 learners per class