News Literacy and Democracy invites readers to go beyond surface-level fact checking and to examine the structures, institutions, practices, and routines that comprise news media systems.
This introductory text underscores the importance of news literacy to democratic life and advances an argument that critical contexts regarding news media structures and institutions should be central to news literacy education. Under the larger umbrella of media literacy, a critical approach to news literacy seeks to examine the mediated construction of the social world and the processes and influences that allow some news messages to spread while others get left out. Drawing on research from a range of disciplines, including media studies, political economy, and social psychology, this book aims to inform and empower the citizens who rely on news media so they may more fully participate in democratic and civic life.
The book is an essential read for undergraduate students of journalism and news literacy and will be of interest to scholars teaching and studying media literacy, political economy, media sociology, and political psychology.
PART I: Why News Literacy? 1. What Is News Literacy? Content and Context 2. What Citizens Know About News and Why It Matters PART II: Critical Contexts for Democratic Life 3.The Decline of Journalism and the Rise of "Fake News" 4. The Structure of News Media Systems 5. The Political Economy of the Internet 6. Human Psychology and the Audience Problem PART III: The Future of News Literacy 7. Making News Literacy Work for Democracy