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Baby formula shortage prompts Biden to invoke Defense Production Act — and other news for May 20, 2022

May 19, 2022


President Biden is under pressure on a number of fronts right now, including getting more done and results that people can genuinely feel. That’s particularly true when it comes to the shortage of baby formula around the country. The baby formula shortage in the U.S. has been severe for some time, with stores now missing 40 percent of their usual supplies. There have been stories of parents driving hours to find what they need, or in some cases, watering down formula.

Directions: To watch the feature story, click the video above. Or skim the segments from the latest NewsHour by clicking on the image below, and choose the story that works best for your class. Then answer the questions below. For a transcript of the feature story, click here.

Five Facts

Discussion questions using the Journalist’s Five Ws plus an H:

  • Who are some of the individuals or groups of people mentioned in the news summary?
  • What stories are covered?
  • Where do some of the stories take place?
  • When did those stories occur?
  • Why did the event(s) take place?
  • How do you think the NewsHour’s producers decided which stories made it into the news summary?

Media literacy: Who else do you think should have been interviewed in the story you watched?

Focus Questions

See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

For More


Read The Conversation’s The current baby formula shortage sheds light on longstanding weaknesses within the industry.

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What is media literacy?

Media literacy is the ability to access, evaluate and create all types of media, including news media.

All of NewsHour Classroom's resources contain lessons in media literacy, including questions like who produced the piece and what do you know about them?

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