Aria Zan Cabot is bringing lessons in media literacy to her students in Intermediate Italian. For the first assignment, students will analyze an article from an Italian news outlet on their chosen topic, focusing on vocabulary, grammar, content, and form, and some paratextual elements. They will also identify journalistic norms, different types of authority, sourcing, and bias. The second assignment tracks student progress through the process of their database search, results management, and selection of their second article on the same topic in English. Students will work collaboratively on their final presentation in which they will present, synthesize, and evaluate two articles to demonstrate how media representation of the same event or issue represented in an Italian vs. a U.S. news outlet and how the larger socio-linguistic context impacts content, bias, and assumptions about audience/readership.
Rafia Mirza, Humanities Librarian, and Megan Heuer, Head of Information Literacy, will offer one media evaluation workshop and one instruction session to teach the information literacy components relevant to the assignment: identifying different types of authority; evaluating for bias; developing database search skills; managing results; and evaluating and synthesizing competing perspectives. Students will gain hands-on practice understanding and identifying journalistic norms, sourcing, and evaluating for bias. Librarians will be available to provide assistance as students search U.S. news outlets to identify one example of how their topic is represented in the United States.
Professor Cabot's Proposal