Taiwanese Yang Ming shipping freighter pulls into Los Angeles Port. Allen J. Schaben: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-03/port-ships-are-becoming-la-worst-polluters-regulators-plug-in
This propaganda workshop focuses on media literacy through comparison by analyzing two news stories published by major Chinese and U.S. media outlets. Both are “op-ed” pieces, a term that means the author’s opinions are their own. However, a newspaper’s decision to publish such a story also signals that they want this news to reach their respective audiences.
If you are interested in reading Chinese and U.S. news in comparison, find the featured Washington Post and People’s Daily articles below. If you are also interested in using media literacy tools to assess the legitimacy of these two news stories, download propaganda workshop #1!
The first article is published in the Washington Post, written by Bill Hare and Kevin Rudd. This article is titled “Opinion: Here’s how Biden could get the U.S. to lead on Climate Change Again” and was published on November 17, 2020.
The second article is published by the People’s Daily and written by Christine Bierre. This article is titled “The United States is Not Qualified to be an Environmental Protection ‘Teacher’” and was published on November 30th, 2020.
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- Students will conduct basic independent research to determine the author, audience, and publishing source of a given piece of media. Research will also gather background information on these subjects to share with group.
- Students will identify potential bias in media by comparing author background, intended audience, and given mission of a publishing source with the content of a news story.
- Students will compare Chinese and U.S. news stories for “news legitimacy,” and discuss to what degree they they find each news source “legitimate.”
Key terms: Bias, Authorship, Intended Audience, Publishing Source, “Op-Ed”