Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the influence of the media on American political life.

Social Activism and the Media

How has the internet revolution impacted journalism and what are its effects on the coverage of public affairs and current issues? Download Primary Source Set: Social Activism and the Media 

This inquiry set asks students to compare the stories of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin with a specific focus on media coverage of each event.

Social Activism and the Media

Students also scrutinize the current role of the press in American democracy. Students may be presented with a series of compelling questions about the press (and its changing role in American political life over time) and be encouraged to form their own questions. To what extent are the press and the media fulfilling a watchdog role? Do media outlets provide enough relevant information about government and politics to allow citizens to vote and participate in a well-informed way?