Students understand the role of journalism in responding to a disaster, including journalists’ responsibilities, limitations and code of ethics.
By focusing on how journalists respond to catastrophic events, this unit helps students better understand the role of the press in society and the guidelines reporters follow in their work. It includes pre- and post-visit activities designed to bracket the Covering a Catastrophe EDClass, plus a class-specific Newseum gallery guide. (The activities can also be done independent of a visit.) Through these experiences, students will explore the vital role journalism plays in the wake of a disaster and grapple with real-life dilemmas that journalists have faced when covering traumatic events.
OBJECTIVE: Students understand the role of journalism in responding to a disaster, including journalists’ responsibilities and limitations, and can apply the reporter’s code of ethics to a range of dilemmas.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle and high school