February 5, 2012
What's Black and White and Re-Tweeted All Over?
Teaching news literacy in a digital age
Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review
It was Week Six in the news-literacy course at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on Long Island, and the students were in near-revolt.
Their homework had been to watch three YouTube videos from the Iraq war and identify in which "news neighborhood" each resides: raw data, straight news, opinion, propaganda, or entertainment. One of the videos showed U.S. and Iraqi soldiers firing on insurgents from inside a building in Baghdad. Another was a CBS News clip from a