This is the fourth activity on active citizenship. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on active citizenship here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Between 6 and 16 participants.
About 3-5 news reports from different newspapers or social media channels describing the same incident or news. If possible, choose a strong variety from tabloid to serious media.
Print out the news reports if you do not have a physical copy.
LINK TO THE TOPIC
The way in which information is spread through social media channels and newspapers shapes the way we look at the world. This can even influence social conventions. Critical thinking therefore is key for identifying societal needs.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
- Information reading
- Training critical thinking
Make at least 2 groups with about 2-4 participants each. Each group is handed one news report. According to the news report they have 20 minutes to devise a scene, showing what happened at the incident.
The groups present the scenes. Then the whole group gets together to discuss similarities and differences of the scenes and what it means about the information citizens are given by the media.
- What are differences in the way the headlines are worded?
- How do they make us feel?
- What is the purpose of media in a political sense?
- Where do you get information about what is happening in your community and country or the world?
- How do we figure out which information to trust?