Every week, the NYT publishes a News Quiz for students (or curious adults!). The quiz always includes one media literacy question that lists four recent news headlines — three from The Times and one from a satirical site like The Onion — and ask which is which. Though we often feature wacky news as “distracters,” these are not trick questions. Have your students test their news savvy and discuss the results!
Each week, determine the path one bit of information took to get to you. If it was a powerful photo of a drowned refugee child, did it come via Facebook? Twitter? If so, was it forwarded by a friend from some other friend or feed? Who created the content? Try to trace how information MOVES.
Have your students work in small groups to skim the headlines of The New York Times or any other traditional newspaper (www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ has daily uploads of 900+ newspapers' front pages). Students should mark out with a red X any article or image that they feel would not be published in a country without a guarantee of free speech. Use the worksheet linked about to have students explain the rationale behind their decisions.