Stay informed with daily news and our newsletters!Learn more
Level(s): Grades 10 to 12
In this lesson students explore the commercial and ethical issues surrounding the reporting of crime in televised newscasts. They begin by discussing their attitudes toward crime, followed by the reading of a handout comparing Canadian and American crime reporting and further discussion about crime and 'the business' of television news. Students further explore how the media affect our perceptions about crime through a discussion on the media's treatment of various 'crime waves.' This lesson includes a group activity where students audit nightly newscasts based on guidelines they have established for responsible TV crime reporting.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
Interested in supporting MediaSmarts?Charitable Registration No. 89018 1092 RR0001
Find out how you can get involved.Learn more