This section looks at how investigative and awareness-raising reporting and stories are made. In addition, it offers exercises on the use of various sources (online research, video, reporting) towards gaining a fuller understanding, and more complete information, of particular issues. In short, it aims is to provide example of how we can become better informed, by also pointing to ethical issues in media.
Mapping Exercise: Critical reading
For this exercise you will engage in the critical reading of information and the interpretation provided in two articles focused on bullying in schools.
Bullying in schools is a problem that worries many parents, school administrators, and teachers. Most of all it endangers the physical and emotional wellbeing of those bullied, but also raises concern of causes, i.e. the physical and emotional well being of bullies themselves.
The media have also been engaged in pointing to the problem and raising awareness about the many aspects of bullying, including physical and psychological violence, mental heath, educational performance, institutional responses, etc.
For this exercise you can split into two groups, but two people can also conduct the exercise. One person/group reads Article 1 and the other Article 2.
Once you have read the article answer each of the questions below. Write down your answers.
Once you have written your answers the two groups/persons conduct a comparison. Go through each questions/answer and discuss ways in which the articles are the same or different.
For the end, discuss what you have learned from the exercise. Perhaps, you can write a blog about the exercise and your learning experience. See Section XX on how to write critically.
Mapping Exercise: Critical viewing
Watch Behind the Lines (link) an Innovations Lab Kosovo (?) production on bullying.
Here we can add a brief synopsis on the video.
Following the same steps outlined for the exercise about compare the articles and the video. Answer the same questions: