This will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live. The course will discuss the key elements of journalism from the viewpoint of the news audience.
|Aims||This will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live. The course will discuss the key elements of journalism from the viewpoint of the news audience.|
|Course language||English, Chinese and Spanish subtitles will be available|
|Course is created by||The University of Hong Kong, The State University of New York|
|Starts||1 September 2017|
|Who is the class for?
||This class is relevant to lifelong learners seeking new ways to gain knowledge in social settings, college students interested in expanding research competencies, and professionals pursuing effective strategies for engaging with interactive social media in the workplace.|
|Commitment||6 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week|
|How to pass?
||Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. No certificate|
|How to study?
||100% online. Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects. Connect with thousands of other learners and debate ideas, discuss course material, and get help mastering concepts.|
Learners will examine, analyze and internalize the following topics:
- Why news matters? Power of information
- Why news literacy matters? Social sharing and the dynamics of the news cycles.
- What makes journalism different? Verification, independence, accountability. Information neighborhoods. The blurred lines between news, promotion, entertainment and raw information
- What drives news? Universal news values. Editorial judgement.
- What is trustworthy information? Truth. Evidence. Media bias, audience bias. Opinion journalism and bloviation. Fairness. False equivalence.
- Why does verification fail? The limits of journalism. – Who provides information? Source evaluation. – How do we know what we know? Becoming an active news audience.