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;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The media inform policymakers and influence public policy.
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