In today’s news environment, students are bombarded by every possible type of news content, as well as unreliable “news-like” content. To be responsible news consumers, they need to be prepared to judge the reliability and bias quickly for each piece of news content they encounter.
That’s why we believe in the power of learning content analysis. Through the practice of analyzing and rating real, contemporary articles, students hone the skills necessary to discern veracity and identify spin.
Our approach makes learning news literacy fun and engaging. By rating news articles themselves, students can create their own Media Bias Charts. The more articles and news sources they rate, the more complete their charts will be–and the more skilled they will be at critically analyzing the news.
Our SUMMA News Literacy Curriculum introduces our news media analysis methodology utilizing our 10-lesson introduction, Content Analysis Rating Tool, and Media Bias Chart. With these resources, students learn and practice the same methodology used by our own analysts to master information literacy, achieve academic success, enhance professional prospects, and contribute to a healthy democratic society.