News Apps

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Summary:

Explore: Journalism, apps, the Internet, digital news, blogs, citizen journalism, freedom of the press, the speed of news, the news cycle, communication technologies.

For consumers who want to quickly get news that matches their interests, "apps" can be better than surfing the Web. This video describes how apps have liberated content from desktop PCs and changed the way we get our news. Journalists and educators Rob Pegararo, Jan Schaffer and Jody Brannon discuss the news app revolution.

Introduction:

For consumers who want to quickly get news that matches their interests, "apps" can be better than surfing the Web. This video describes how apps have liberated content from desktop PCs and changed the way we get our news. Journalists and educators Rob Pegararo, Jan Schaffer and Jody Brannon discuss the news app revolution.
This video and viewing guide examine the growing diversity of the media landscape and new ways of getting news. By 2015, more people will be accessing the Internet via mobile devices than with desktop computers. This means even more mobile information and a greater emphasis on content tailored to match your specific interests and needs.

This unit looks at the evolution of communication technologies up through the latest news apps and explores how these technological changes have affected the ways the press operates and the reach of freedom of the press. In a world with more news sources to choose from, news consumers need to be more media-savvy than ever to weed out the good sources from the bad. Learn more about the pros and cons of the latest mobile media and what freedom of the press means in the digital age.

Recommended grade levels: Middle school through college

Essential Questions:

  • What does today's media landscape (the technologies we use to communicate and ways we get information) look like? How has it changed in recent years? What is a news app?
  • How do we get news today?
  • Over time, how has the First Amendment shaped the news and the ways we access the news?
  • What is our role as a news consumer? What is our role as a news creator?
  • How can the means of accessing news shape the content of the news?
  • Why is it important to consult multiple sources when seeking information?