Section Instructor: Jennifer Sacco
This Digital Course Pack is for students enrolled in Into to American Government (Fall 2019) at Quinnipiac University.
The Internet is often called the “Information Superhighway,” and for good reason. Massive amounts of information vie for the attention of Internet users from countless sources. It’s easy for a media consumer to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that is available with a few clicks of a mouse.
Sorting through all that information — news, analysis, fact, opinion — and figuring out which information you can trust can be challenging. But as a journalist, a future journalist or a thoughtful media consumer, you’ve come to the right place. This course will give you the knowledge and tools to sift through content of all types and sort fact from opinion, news from nonsense.
What Will I Learn:
In this course, you will learn to:
- Tell the difference between factual content and opinions
Determine which content, whether a “news” story or a restaurant review, can be trusted
- Discern whether content is balanced and fair
- Identify several types of factual, opinion and advertising content, including promoted content and “native” content
- Evaluate whether a news story provides enough context for the audience to understand its importance and value
- Avoid the “two-sides” trap that often creates a sense of false balance
- Decide when it is necessary to inform your audience that a particular perspective on an issue is simply not true
- Consider whether a story offers information from expert sources who represent multiple perspectives — without promoting a particular viewpoint
- Become an informed consumer who thinks critically about media encountered online
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