The News Hour: Learning about current events

How do you find out what's going on in the world?

Do you get your news through YouTube? Facebook? Cable TV? Reading?

Lots of things are always happening in the world, but only a few of them make it into the news headlines. Who decides that? How do they decide? And what makes a meaningful headline?

The business of making these decisions and reporting the news is called journalism. Sarah used to be involved in journalism. Now she spends at least an hour of her day online reading news stories from around the world!

In this experience, you and Sarah will explore where you can get your news. You'll think about:

- What makes a good headline?

- Why do certain news sources carry stories, but others don't?

- How do you find news sources that are reliable and truthful?

This experience is great for anyone who's interested in learning more about current events, or wants to be better at detecting sources of information that are reliable and unreliable!

To explore this experience together, we can...: See what makes a great headline and what kind of news is the most popular.
-: Use Sarah's news source cards to learn about the different news sources available to you.
-: Learn the importance of the words 'journalism', 'citizen journalism', 'photo journalism', 'bias', and 'headlines'.
-: See Sarah's studio, where you'll use the computer, your phone, and newspapers to look at the stories featured in the news today.
How many Kudoers could come at once?: 1 person at one time
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This happens: at the Host's work place
Getting here: What you need to know.
You get to this experience by bus - the 008 or the 019. It takes most people less than 5 minutes to get from the transit stop to the experience location. There are sidewalks with ramped curbs all the way between the transit stops and the experience location. Depending on which way you're coming from, there may be a busy intersection to cross along the way. There is a traffic light at one with a walk signal at one of these intersections, and a crosswalk at the other one.

Nearest skytrain station: Vancouver - Main Street–Science World
Skytrain meetup: Maybe: check with me
Should I bring money: No
What else should I bring: Bring any photos you might want to write a headline about, your Kudoz phone, a pen and paper.
When you book it, the Host will need to know: What kinds of news do you watch, listen to, or read? Are you able to meet in her studio or do you need to meet in another location? If so, why?
Afterwards, you could go to: websites like BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Globe and Mail. Just Google them to find the links!
Reflection Questions
What are your news sources?

Do you see people like yourself represented in the news? Where?

Tags: news, journalism, advocacy, print, sarah, kudoz, vancouver, writing, creative writing, photography, facebook, youtube, media, television, tv, cable, podcasts
Listing created 8 Mar 2017