What is the role of journalism in a democracy? How can we assess the credibility of a news report?



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

  • Exemplar: Journalistic Standards (PDF)


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

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