With the flood of information and imagery that inundates us all in today’s news-saturated and tightly-connected world, the intellectual tools needed to distinguish fact from opinion and propaganda are essential for everyone – but especially for media professionals. Television news is perhaps the most influential news medium in the world, yet it is has not often been studied in media literacy terms, due to past limitations on access to news video paired with carefully designed learning tools. Know the News was created to address this, by providing TV news and the tools to understand it, in a free online format. Know the News offers these news literacy tools:
* A video Remixer that lets users edit any one of three sets of news clips from around the world, add their own commentary and research, and publish and share their work.
* A ratings tool that lets users rate the remixes, and other news stories, for their journalistic qualities.
* The News Challenge quiz, which tests user’s understanding of what they see and hear in TV news reports, using worldwide coverage of the most intriguing stories of the last year.
* A wiki where students can post their research and reports; and can add to our growing database of international TV facts.
While anyone can use these tools, they are designed to support media literacy studies for college-level communications and journalism students. Professors can sign their classes up using a special “class code” registration process that allows easy access to student’s published remixes; and upon request, we will add professor-selected TV news clips to the remixer for class use. Please request a class code by emailing us at: email@example.com. The two sets of suggested learning activities presented here are for the Remixer tool, and for the News Challenge quiz.
By Paul Mihailidis, PhD
For educational questions about Know the News or this guide, or to receive a class code, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
LinkTV’s Know the News Remixer is a new learning tool for global media education. This initiative is conceived to help students think comparatively and critically about how television news frames global issues.
The Remixer hosts a range of television news clips from around the world. These clips are available for students to edit, narrate, title, navigate and remix, to build their own global news stories. Students can create comparative newscasts that reveal different points of view; remix clips to show how different news coverage can set different agendas; enlist varying viewpoints; and experience how media messages influence civil societies worldwide.
The frameworks for using Know the News in the classroom are, above all, conceived with the idea of the student at the center of the learning process. Media literacy education stresses the engagement of the student with content, and the reflection on that engagement after the experience has concluded. The role of the educator using this tool is to help the student become: aware of the implications of news production; cognizant of how perspectives are altered by news outlets worldwide; appreciative of the necessity of news media in a civil society; and reflective of the complexities involved in TV news reporting.
The classroom is a learning laboratory. The Know the News Remixer can enliven the discussion and learning process by bringing global content and active discovery into the classroom. The exercises conceived using the Remixer can help make the exploration and analyses of media more enjoyable, while allowing for intimate reflection of the processes at work in television news worldwide.
The following learning goals suggest different ways educators can us the Remixer in their classrooms.
The following section outlines ways to use the Remixer in the classroom. The following frameworks do not deal with specific content, but rather discusses the numerous applications for the Remixer and the general themes this tool can address through it’s use.