How to Read the news

Morning News | Petaling Street 23 Aug - CC Photo c/o John Ragai / Flickr

Morning News | Petaling Street 23 Aug - CC Photo c/o John Ragai / Flickr

The explosive growth in internet access has changed the way news is produced and consumed.

Some changes have been positive, but much has been negative.  There is now more money to be made in spreading misinformation and badly researched news than in conducting in-depth, ethical journalistic enquiry. 

It's also easy to become trapped in a self-reinforcing filter bubble of beliefs which reinforce a more constrained and biased world view.

To counter this, there is a greater need for students to think critically about the news they come across.

This IgnitED module is designed to help students understand where their news comes from, identify various perspectives on a news story and how to interpret what weight to give those perspectives, so they can negotiate their way through this confusing but crucial part of 21 st century life.