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.
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.
Art depicting journalists who have made sacrifices to report the truth
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?
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.
Teachers: Want more? Visit more curated multi-media content in observance of World Press Freedom Day.
The World Press Freedom Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
To underline the importance of information within our online media environment, World Press Freedom Day 2021 will highlight three key topics:
* Steps to ensure the economic viability of news media;
* Mechanisms for ensuring transparency of Internet companies;
* Enhanced Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that enable people to recognize and value, as well as defend and demand, journalism as a vital part of information as a public good.
May 3 was designated World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations General Assembly, as part of the Declaration of Human Rights.
Use the MY HERO Calendar in the classroom to share a new hero 365 days a year.
Organizer created on 4/10/2019 3:34:42 PM by MY HERO Staff
Last edited 4/26/2021 2:05:01 PM by Laura Nietzer