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Classroom VOICES

Understanding media literacy and the role of local journalists

October 29, 2021

In celebration of Media Literacy Week, NewsHour Classroom hosted its Educator Voice Zoom series with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, one of the NewsHour’s newest community correspondents, and Liz Ramos, history teacher at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucomonga, Calif., and curriculum writer for Classroom’s Journalism in Action website.

The PBS conversation was hosted by Sari Beth Rosenberg, NYC public school history teacher, and was attended by dozens of educators across the country.

The conversation focused on the role of journalism in the past up to the present and Classroom’s Journalism in Action: Civic Engagement and Primary Sources Through Key Moments in History, a fun, interactive website based on resources from the Library of Congress. (We are looking for teacher testers for the site. Choose one of the activities, tell us how it went with your students, and we’ll send you a $50 VISA gift card. Email for more information.)

You can watch the full discussion, or summary highlights below.

Full Zoom

Guests on NewsHour Classroom’s Educator Voice Zoom on Oct. 27, 2021 (left to right): Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, PBS NewsHour’s communities correspondent, and Liz Ramos, history teacher in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with host Sari Beth Rosenberg.

Highlight clips

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang discussing NewsHour’s new communities reporting initiative and the importance of local journalists:

Liz Ramos discussing her case study on WWII women news correspondents featured on PBS NewsHour Classroom’s Journalism in Action website:

Liz Ramos discussing her ‘Mediocracy’ lesson for PBS about decoding media bias:

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