Learning Exercise

Not All News Is Created Equal

This activity helps learners locate and differentiate between popular and substantive news articles.

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Exercise

Not all news is created equal. What are substantive news articles, and how do you locate them?

1. Choose a research topic.

Watch the "How to Identify Substantive News Articles" video, keeping in mind your research topic.

2. Locate 1 news article on your research topic from one of the databases featured in the video (if the library does not have any of those databases, ask the librarian to suggest an appropriate database).

3. Identify each of the characteristics of a substantive news article as mentioned in the video. Summarize the article.

4. Locate 1 news article on your research topic from one of a database that includes popular magazines as noted in the video (if in doubt, ask the librarian to suggest an appropriate database).

5. Compare the popular news article to the substantive one in terms of their characteristics and their content.

Topics

ICT literacy, information literacy, research skills, periodicals, journalism

Learning Objectives

Explain the characteristics of substantive news articles

Locate substantive news articles using subscription databases

Assessment

Essay should include all the characteristics identified correctly, and summarize the article accurately.

Comparisons should be accurate, articulate and thorough.

The articles should be cited accurately and completely.