What you'll learn
In this class, students take a step back from the media negativity to look at the positive: what are the qualities of fair news coverage? They'll learn how to assess word choice, use of context and counterpoints to make informed, impartial evaluations of the news they encounter in print, online and on social media. Practice with real-world examples ensures they leave ready to tune into content and tune out the chaos.
Free, with admission
- Learning Center (max 36)
- Virtual (no limit)
Classes at 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 at least than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.
This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability.
Virtual classes: Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a free 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.
When a school fails to appear for its scheduled 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.
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.
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
ISTE: 2. Digital CitizenStudents engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology.
ISTE: 3b. Knowledge ConstructorStudents evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
ISTE: 3d. Knowledge ConstructorStudents build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems.
National Council of Teachers of English: NCTE.12Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
NCSS Curriculum Standards: NCSS 8An understanding or science and technology in their social contexts allows learners to questions and analyze the impact of science and technology on society.