What is the role of the media in a democracy?

In this lesson, we will examine what a democracy is, and the vital role that the media plays within our democracy. We will explore the political affiliations of newspapers, consider how the media 'sets the agenda' and learn about how the media has a duty to educate and inform.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Why did the 'News of the World' close down?

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Q2.Which expectation of media behaviour was found to be most important to Americans in the research mentioned during the lesson?

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Q3.Why did Reuters stop using Adnan Hajj's photographs?

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Q4.What did the report from the Leveson Inquiry recommend?

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Q5.What does it mean if something is 'in the public interest'?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.Why did the 'News of the World' close down?

1/5

Q2.Which expectation of media behaviour was found to be most important to Americans in the research mentioned during the lesson?

2/5

Q3.Why did Reuters stop using Adnan Hajj's photographs?

3/5

Q4.What did the report from the Leveson Inquiry recommend?

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Q5.What does it mean if something is 'in the public interest'?

5/5

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What is the role of the media in a democracy? -

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Q1.True or False? In a democracy, you can criticise the government without the fear of punishment.

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Q2.Which of these was not mentioned in this lesson as being a role of the media in a democracy?

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Q3.Which of these was not described as a key characteristic of a democracy?

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Q4.Why is it important that the media informs and educates the public?

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Q5.What was the focus of the Daily Mail's campaign, discussed during this lesson?

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Quiz:

What is the role of the media in a democracy? -

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.True or False? In a democracy, you can criticise the government without the fear of punishment.

1/5

Q2.Which of these was not mentioned in this lesson as being a role of the media in a democracy?

2/5

Q3.Which of these was not described as a key characteristic of a democracy?

3/5

Q4.Why is it important that the media informs and educates the public?

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Q5.What was the focus of the Daily Mail's campaign, discussed during this lesson?

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Lesson summary: What is the role of the media in a democracy?

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