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Media Ethics for Students

Students become more critical consumers of news media by examining real-life case studies of journalists striving to be accurate, fair and clear.

Media Ethics

Is it OK to clean up a quote or broadcast unconfirmed information? This class familiarizes students with some of the ethical issues journalists face as they strive to be accurate, fair and clear. By examining real-life case studies, students grapple with issues journalists may encounter, including privacy, anonymous sources and the pressure to be first. Through discussion and debate, students become more informed media consumers.
"The students were not only riveted but also engaged, excited and frankly, enraged by some of the journalistic ethics you spoke about. You did such a brilliant job showing the complexity and spontaneity of decisions made by journalists everywhere." Lisa Zimble, teacher

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Gallery Guide - Media Ethics PDF DOC
Unit - Media Ethics PDF DOC
Handouts - Media Ethics PDF DOC

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Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availably. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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Virtual classes can be scheduled to coincide with your bell schedule. We currently offer virtual classes via GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype and WebEx. Let us know if your school uses another platform; we consider special requests on a case-by-case basis.

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How to register and enroll

Classes in the Newseum: Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time. Virtual classes: Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a virtual class, please complete the request form. All reservations are tentative pending confirmation of hardware and software capabilities. Please call the Education Department at 202/292-6650 for more information.  

Cancellation policy:

When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Topics:
    Journalism
    News & Media
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Students | Grades: 6-12, university
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center or Documentary Theater
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center or Documentary Theater
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center or Documentary Theater
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center or Documentary Theater
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Virtually
  • Capacity:
    Max 36 in the Learning Center
    Max 100 in the Documentary Theater
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grades:
    Middle School
    High School
    College & University
  • Formats:
    Online
    At the Newseum

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