Chapter 15 Nine Key Insights

For a Robust and Holistic Critical News Media Literacy

In: Education for Democracy 2.0
Emil Marmol
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This chapter calls for a radical pedagogical intervention, encouraging educators to fuse alternative news media content with a critical media literacy framework in their classrooms. This intervention will facilitate an introduction of alternative news into the curriculum as a transformative and revolutionary pedagogy that allows for students to become familiar with and embrace oppositional, counter-hegemonic news sources that will encourage them to think critically and engage robustly as informed citizens against neoliberalism, austerity, and a host of other oppressions. More specifically, the chapter will propose a course module that uses a critical media literacy framework to analyze corporate news media and directly contrast it with counter-hegemonic, oppositional, dissenting alternative news sources. Because of the rich interdisciplinary background of critical media literacy, the proposed course module contains topics from across these disciplines and others, including: political economy of media; ideology and hegemony; critical discourse analysis; democracy; the public sphere; active citizenship; news framing; class, gender and race; media production; critical thinking; the impact of the public relations industry and news agencies; public broadcasting; and the history of news media.

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