Social Role of Journalism (Curriculum)
With journalism's evolving role in society – and media as a unit – the pressure is closing in on uncovering the social responsibility of journalists. How do we dissect the truth from opinion? How do we focus on quality to serve the community? What would happen if journalism lost its fundamental core functions and we simply relied on headlines to further discussions in our society?
The social role of journalism is more important than ever as unverified information has the ability to spread just as fast (sometimes faster) than quality reporting. Journalism’s social role is increasingly important to maintain a balanced network of information for the community that is based on honesty, transparency, open dialogue and verified information/sources.
In the following project, students will uncover the importance of the social role of journalism and its impact on our community far beyond the headline.