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How does the media connect Canadians to their government?. How does the source of your news affect the information you get?. How do you know if you have access to reliable, balanced Information?. Think about it:. Do some formats communicate more effectively than others?.

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Where do you get your news

How does the source of your news affect the information you get?

How do you know if you have

access to reliable, balanced


Think about it:

Do some formats communicate

more effectively than others?

Where do you get your news?

What is included in media
What is included in media? get?

  • Newspapers

  • Magazines

  • Film

  • Radio

  • TV

  • Internet

  • Books

  • Billboards

What media does
What media does: get?

  • Reports the news

  • Influences our personal understanding

  • Media messages are interpreted by the people who present them

  • Can influence how you think/feel about the story

  • Can affect what happens with the story

  • Can decide what story/whose perspective to cover

Media and government
Media and Government get?

  • Politicians develop messages (memorable quotes/phrases like slogans) to be portrayed about them

  • Media tries to find truth behind government decisions

  • Help in finding credible sources in the government

  • Government can hold press conferences with the media present

Parliamentary press gallery
Parliamentary Press Gallery get?







  • An association of reporters who cover decisions/actions of Canada’s government

  • Has about 350 reporters from different media establishments

  • Above are some examples…

Questions for you: get?

Why do you think groups in Canada want media outlets that serve their communities?How do you think the variety of Canada’s media affect the way Canadian deal with issues?

Bias get?

  • An opinion based on unchallenged assumptions

  • Media might not cover a balance of views and perspectives

  • Shows just one point of view

  • Must be open minded to detect it

How to look for bias
How to look for bias: get?

  • Who is the writer(s)/speaker(s)?

  • Do they have authority to speak about the subject?

  • Does the information provide facts and evidence?

  • Does it use stereotyping, or appeal to a fear or emotion?

  • Does it ignore any people or groups?

  • How does the information fit with what you already know?

  • How could you verify the information for accuracy?

Your turn
Your turn: get?

  • Looking at a newspaper, and online; choose a present issue and research it on different websites

  • Look to see if there is a bias, whether they are bringing in lots of perspectives, and the differences in the presentation of the topic

  • You have 10 minutes

What do lobbyists do

What do Lobbyists do? get?

How might lobbyists affect political decision making and the lives of Canadians?

Lobbyist get?

  • Someone hired by a group to influence MPs and government officials

  • They register with a Commissioner of Lobbyists so people know who they represent

  • Provide different perspectives on issues

  • Must document which MP’s/officials they meet with

Think about it: get?

To what extent do lobbyists represent Canadians? In what ways do they help or hinder effective government decision making around issues?

This could be a good topic for an essay on a test… not that

this is a hint or anything….