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Duration
Less than 30 minutes
Topic(s)
  • Journalism
  • Media Ethics
Grade(s)
  • 6-12

  1. Divide students into small groups.
  2. Tell them: There is said to be a “breakfast test” to guide publication decisions: Do not publish images or language that might be repulsive enough to make people choke on their breakfast.
  3. Have students read the scenario and answer the questions. Do they think the newspaper was right in publishing the photographs?

  • ‘Breakfast Test’ Case Study handout (download), one per small group.  

Have each group share their decisions and explain their reasoning. Did they find other groups’ arguments compelling? Why or why not? When should editors follow the guideline? When should they not?  

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