From a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington
The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them. - Paris Jan. 16. 1787
The universe of information we live in is a complicated web of messages with a mind-blowing array of sources, biases, and agendas. This unit teaches students to recognize high-standards journalism so they can make informed judgments about the information coming at them. Students will develop practical skills to help them identify and deal with misinformation, bias, opinion, and more. Some of the work will require students to read news articles online or from local newspapers.