What is journalism and why does it matter? Democracy requires journalism, which informs the public and holds those with power to account. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth, and its core is verification. When looking for credible information, you need to know what qualities make a report journalistic.


Journalists play a critical role in our democracy. They hold government and other sources of power to account, help inform citizens, foster debate about important issues and give people a voice.

During an election, journalists provide news and perspectives to inform citizens about the parties, candidates and issues, fact-check the statements of leaders and candidates, and place the campaign’s events in context.

In this lesson, students learn about the standards of professional journalism that set it apart from other kinds of information, practise discerning fact from opinion, along with other media analysis skills.




Lesson Plan (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Slide Deck: Journalism (PPT) (Google Slides)
Activity: Defining Journalism (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Activity: Journalistic Standards (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)

  • Exemplar: Journalistic Standards (PDF) (Word)


Lesson Plan (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Slide Deck: Journalism (PPT) (Google Slides)
Activity:Defining Journalism (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Fact vs Opinion (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Activity: Understanding Journalism (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)
Activity: Assessing Credibility (PDF) (Word) (Google Drive)