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Reproducing News

Am currently sitting in on a presentation by a scholar who is attempting to understand how Muslim children shape their identities using the news. She is using professionally-produced news clips and letting kids edit them together in iMovie; the movies are up on that blog.

Finally a scholar addressing my concern about media literacy classes as they have often been taught — that students understand and value their own work, using limited, non-professional resources, differently from the polished work they see on the news. She notes that students value the work they’ve done highly when they edit together others’ footage, even if they don’t have as much time as they’d like. As a means of getting students to think about the constructedness of the news, my money’s on this approach to really have a solid effect and make them feel empowered, rather than having them shoot their own stuff.

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