Participation in Government Discussion Question 9
Students should understand the purposes of a free press in democratic society. A free press is needed not only for the free and open flow of information but also as a venue for a variety of views. Students should review how the First Amendment protects freedom of press and why that freedom has certain constitutional limits such as libel, obscenity, and fair trial. Students should become familiar with the different forms of news media. These include: daily newspapers, weekly magazines, television, radio, and the Internet. Students should know how to find, monitor, read, use, and cite various print and electronic media sources of political news and commentary. Through the Internet, students can find and access many reputable sources, including national and regional newspapers, weekly news magazines, monthly opinion magazines, specialized Internet sources and journals of record, and television and radio programs.
Discussion Question #9 - How do you become a more effective media consumer?