Eng329 News Literacy
Extra credit assignment: Gaza or Ukraine
We have had two major news stories break last week. They are both contentious subjects with lots of opinions and assertions on both sides. They give us a good opportunity to test our News Literacy skills to determine how much sense we can make of the news reports and what conclusions we can come to. Real life stuff.
The first story is the battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The second is the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine.
For extra credit worth up to five points for your semester grade, the assignment is to pick one of these two stories. Then look for three accounts—in the newspapers, from any internet sources, on social media, on the broadcast and cable networks—dealing with the story you have picked.
Use the critical thinking skills we have studied to assess the credibility and reliability of these stories. Can you decide, for example, what is credible, what is not? What is lacking? How do you evaluate the sources? Are there assertions or is there verification?
Write a 500 word essay on your conclusions. Have you reached any judgments to make a decision or conclusion about any aspect of the story.
You are being asked to look at three stories so you can judge, for instance, whether any one story lacks key information or has critical information that others don’t have. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO EVALUATE ALL THREE STORIES. Just pick the one or two that support your arguments. Along with the essay, you must send me the TEXT (not just the link or URL) of the stories you have picked.
Your grade will not depend on your final conclusions but on the specific evidence you use to make your points.