How Media Choices Matter in the 21st Century

Media Choices

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How Media Choices Matter in the 21st Century

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In this workshop we will analyze the choices journalists make and the impact of those choices. Teachers will gain strategies for helping students analyze and evaluate news, make informed decisions, and become effective active participants in today’s complex information landscape. When students become media producers themselves they are even better equipped to analyze and evaluate the media they consume. Therefore, we will also explore ways to harness students’ own media-making skills (honed by social media) to better equip them to analyze and evaluate the media they consume.


Co-facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves and KQED, participants will receive resources from both organizations, including key frameworks for classroom media analysis and media production and our unit,“Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age.” ,  

Participants in the workshop will:

  1. Understand the roles that identity and confirmation bias play in how we interpret events, news, and information

  2. Analyze classroom models exploring the role of journalism and news in a democratic society

  3. Discuss how best to teach for informed civic participation and media literacy

  4. Learn strategies for creating a safe and reflective space for dealing with difficult topics

  5. Gain exposure to various media creation tools that align with media analysis skills  



After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Recommended for middle and high school teachers.


This workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs in the registration form.


2601 Mariposa St (between Bryant and York Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94110
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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