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Level: Grades 7 to 12
Author: This unit was created for MediaSmarts by Media Educator, Maureen Baron.
In this three-day unit, students assess media coverage of natural disasters and their aftermath. Students explore how sensationalism plays a role in determining what is newsworthy, and how that can distort our perception of issues in developing nations.
What makes a story newsworthy? What positive results follow the natural disasters and how, where and when are those reported in the media? How do distorted perceptions of developing nations affect our attitudes and behaviours toward them?
As an extension activity, students may prepare a mock press conference in which they draw attention to reconstruction and recovery efforts following a natural disaster.
This lesson is part of the Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Development lesson series.
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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