1""Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu/2012 September 20, 2012 Lesson Plans and Discussion Questions to Accompany the Content of the Workshop Created by Trevor Ivan Graduate Assistant, Center for Scholastic Journalism Kent State School of Journalism & Mass Communication"!!!These lesson plans can serve as a supplement to the workshop content, which will be archived on the website following each session. You will need to adapt them to meet your students? needs as well as time constraints. Some of the activities require Internet access or the ability to project Web pages onto a screen. "
2""Journalism?s Responsibility and Role in the Political Process Rationale: Journalists play an essential role in helping political operatives reach the public. Today, however, social media and other direct forms of communication allow political strategists and candidates to bypass media gatekeepers. Understanding how both of these communication processes work can allow students to be better informed about how the news media help to share the public?s sense of reality about political discourse. Objectives: 1. To understand how news coverage shapes public understanding of an election and the candidates. 2. To analyze how the public responds to news media coverage of candidates and other election-related issues. 3. To understand the ethical obligations journalists have to provide credible, verifiable information among competing voices. Procedures: 1. As a warm-up, ask students how they receive most of their information about political candidates and elections. Some might not seek out this information at all, but try to gauge how students learn about candidates and issues?through television news, social media, conversations with others, materials created by the campaigns themselves, comedic programming (like The Daily Show), etc. 2. As a follow-up, ask about their perceptions of candidates for various positions in the current