Share the importance of an independent press with your students this week. Themes include the relation of a free press to democracy, and the sacrifices journalists make to tell the truth. Includes discussion guide and learning outcome.
The UN established World Press Freedom Day as part of the Declaration of Human Rights because a free press is a human right.
Stories About Two Women Journalists: One From the Past and One From the Present
Sandi Bachom is a fearless, 75-year-old videographer and MY HERO Film Festival winner who lives in New York City. She is currently covering COVID-19.
Learn About Photojournalist Dan Eldon Through Story and Film
Dan Eldon inspired Kathy Eldon with his art, his poetry and his life. The story has text and audio allowing students to listen as they read along.
Learn About Daniel Ellsberg Through Story and Art
Daniel Ellsberg is a whistleblower and truth-teller responsible for publishing the Pentagon Papers in the Washington Post. Story has test and audio allowing students to listen as they read along.
Story with Text and Audio: Listen as You Read Along.
Art depicting journalists who have made sacrifices to report the truth
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Video Volunteers | World Press Freedom Day
Robert Shetterly explains his portrait project American Who Tell the Truth and shares his artwork in this film. His portrait project celebrates those individuals, including journalists and whistle blowers, courageous in their words and deeds.
1. What are the critical, and sometimes dangerous, issues facing journalists today as they seek to report the truth from countries around the world?
2. How does news reporting remain objective and truthful at the same time?
3. How do stories, films and art help citizens be informed about their government and its policies? How can student journalists frame their articles and editorials to best reflect the truth?
4. How has the digital age changed journalism?
Reporting the news today is more complicated than ever before. The proliferation of 24/7 news and the role of social media make the job of journalists more demanding and more ethically challenging. Considering the heroes represented in the films and stories above can provide role models and guidelines for future journalists.
Celebrated every 3rd of May, this year’s theme for the Day will be “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights”, signifying the enabling element of freedom of expression to enjoy and protect all other human rights.
May 3 was designated World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations General Assembly, as part of the Declaration of Human Rights.
Stories, short films, and artwork from the MY HERO Library illustrating each of the articles in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
The World Press Freedom Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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Organizer created on 4/10/2019 3:34:42 PM by MY HERO Staff
Last edited 5/3/2023 9:49:35 AM by Laura Nietzer