Social Studies - 2019-20

CE.10a - Impact of the Media on Public Opinion and Policy

The student will apply social science skills to understand how public policy is made at the local, state, and national levels of government by

a) examining the impact of the media on public opinion and public policy;



Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The media inform policymakers and influence public policy.

ESSENTIALS

Ways the media play an important role in setting the public agenda

 Focusing public attention on selected issues

 Offering a forum in which opposing viewpoints are communicated

 Holding government officials accountable to the public


Government officials use the media to communicate with the public.


Strategies for evaluating media

 Separating fact from opinion

 Detecting bias

 Evaluating sources

 Identifying propaganda

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 16, 2018