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INFOhio Blizzard Bags - Grades 9-12: Democracy, Journalism, and Social Media

Students follow the six dimensions of inquiry as they read, investigate, and complete the activities. Ohio's learning standards are integrated into the activities.

Activate Learning: Democracy, Journalism, and Social Media

  1. ​​Using World Book AdvancedISearch, or the resources below, read about the history of journalism, William Randolph Hearst, and Joseph Pulitzer and answer the following questions. Use complete sentences.
    • During what time period did Pulitzer and Hearst work? What were their jobs?
    • What is yellow journalism? Can you think of anyone doing yellow journalism today?
    • What is the role of journalism in a democracy?
    • Imagine that Pulitzer and Hearst were living today and had blogs. What would their posts be like? Write a blog post in the style of Hearst or Pulitzer on an issue happening today.
  2. Using World Book Advanced, ISearch, or the resources below, read about muckrakers and answer the following questions. Use complete sentences.
    • Who were the original muckrakers? In what era did they live and work?
    • Imagine that Upton Sinclair and Lincoln Steffens had Twitter accounts when they were alive and working. What would their posts have been like? Write 4 Twitter posts (limited to 140 characters) that might have been written by muckrakers during that era.
    • Is there anyone working today that you think would be considered a muckraker? Why or why not?
    • How were the muckrakers different from or similar to Hearst and Pulitzer?
    • How is journalism today different from or similar to journalism during the time of Pulitzer or the muckrakers?
  3. Using ISearch, Newspaper Source, or the resources below, read about citizen journalism and answer the following questions. Use complete sentences.
    • What is citizen journalism? How is citizen journalism different from traditional journalism? Do you think the information reported by citizen journalists is more or less accurate than the information reported by traditional journalists?
    • ​Who is Sohaib Athar? Is he a traditional journalist? How has social media affected him?
    • How has social media changed the way traditional journalists work? How has social media helped to create the role of the citizen journalist?
    • Do citizen journalists have a role in democracy?

To link directly to the resources below, make sure you are logged into World Book Advanced first. You can check by clicking World Book Advanced in the Resources box. If you click a link and are redirected to a World Book login page, use your district's INFOhio username and password.

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