- OER Librarian
- Political Science
- Material Type:
- Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
- Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
- Media Formats:
Module 8: The Media - Lumen Learning
American Government and Politics in the Information Age - Open Textbook Network
Boundless Political Science - Lumen Learning
The Role of Media in Politics - Lumen Learning
Regulation of the Media - Lumen Learning
The Media and Political Campaigns - Lumen Learning
Media Bias - Lumen Learning
News Coverage - Lumen Learning
The Media - Independence Hall Association
A Field Guide to Fake News
IFLA Guide to Fake News
Pew Research Center Studies
The News Media: Course Map & Recommended Resources
The News Media
The resources included here are intended to map to the following learning objectives for an American Government Course:
- Develop strategies to differentiate between real and fake news.
- Describe various forms of media bias and why they might occur.
- Investigate how news affects public opinion and the limits of media effects.
- Investigate how the evolution of cable news and social media has changed news production and consumption.
Text: American Government - Lumen Learning
Module 8: The Media
Text: American Politics and Government in the Information Age
Chapter 1: Communication in the Information Age
Text: Boundless Political Science
Discussion Questions and Key Concepts
Identify the various media through which individuals can get their news today. Is one better than the other? Explain.
There is a lot of discussion about bias in the media. Discuss what bias you see in the media and the effects that it has.
Describe the various roles or functions that the media play in a democracy (for example, political socialization role, signaling function, common carrier function, watchdog role, or partisan function).
How has “soft news” or “infotainment” media changed how Americans get their news? Provide an example of such a show.
Key Terms or Concepts (Define):
Cable network news
Federal Communications Commission