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Media – An Introduction

4 August @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm BST

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Media – An Introduction

From town criers, newspapers and television to Twitter and Facebook, the media has been around for an incredibly long time. Ever changing and evolving, its main purpose has been to communicate information to the masses.

But can we always trust the media? Are all sources of information as reliable as each other? And who, ultimately is in charge of what information we receive?

In these lessons, we will explore these ideas and more, allowing students to begin to question what they hear in the media, see on social media, and to begin to gain an understanding of how political biases affect the way news is presented.

This topic will be of interest to those looking to study Media at GCSE or A-level, but also to those who just think it is important to know more about how the information we receive about the world can sometimes (perhaps often) be less than accurate and why this is the case.

Lesson 1: The Importance of Journalism – What do we need journalists for? Why should we  investigate what big companies, organisations and governments are getting up to? What happens when journalists aren’t allowed to do their jobs? Learn why the media is such an important part of a democracy.

Lesson 2: Bias in the Media – Is all news reported in the same way? Or do the people running newspapers and television stations have beliefs that influence their output? How can we spot biases (including our own) and can we ever avoid them? Learn what bias is and how it affects the news we consume.

Lesson 3: Social Media – For many young people now, social media has always been a part of their lives. But where did it come from? Is it good or bad? What challenges do we face as a result of social media’s prominence? Learn about the rise of social media and its continuing impact on our world.

Lesson 4 : The Media Under Attack  – The freedom of the press seems to be under attack all around the world. Governments and corporations often don’t want the world to know their secrets and will go to extraordinary lengths to stop them getting out. This lesson explores how journalists, bloggers and others are under threat (or whether it’s all just FAKE NEWS).

This topic is a great way for your child to access quality learning at a very competitive price. These classes permit interactivity via the chat function, polls and quizzes but in order to maximise security and assist with concentration student cameras and microphones will not be enabled.

Lessons can be taken as a whole topic (recommended) or individually, if preferred, as they are written to make sense on a lesson by lesson basis. The lessons are most likely suitable for students aged approximately 12-16 years of age.

Your Tutor

David Martin MA, PGCE

David is a qualified English teacher with a master’s degree in contemporary literature.  He worked in secondary schools for four years before leaving to become a professional tutor. David has been tutoring a range of students for two years now and really loves the opportunity to make a real difference and inspire young minds! He also teaches philosophy lessons and is a co-founder of Tutor Led Learning.

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4 August
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
£4.50 – £16.00