Media & Socio-Political Change

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Understand how media encourage citizens to engage with their local, national and global communities

Social and political movements utilize the power of common citizen groups to affect change. These are often organized around social media and are often called “grassroots campaigns.” This topic includes youth movements and considers questions such as: How do mainstream and social media cover and facilitate social movements? When social and political movements are covered by social media, are the participants and those texting, tweeting, posting, really journalists? How does the quality of coverage of these movements vary across mainstream and social media? What are the drawbacks and benefits? How do media help spread messages across divides in social, economic, racial, or other groups?



Students who complete some or all of these lesson plans will have worked through the following points:

  • How media specifically target, motivate, and empower global youth to be civically engaged and responsible.  How and why young people turn to social or alternative media to express their concerns.
  • Understand and explore stages of social movements and the roles media play in establishing political and social movements.