The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities


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Sally knows the presidential election is this Tuesday, but she's not sure where to go to vote. She checks an article in her local newspaper and then finds directions using the Internet. This is an example of which media role?

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1. Which of the following is an example of the watchdog role of the media?

2. Brian watched a television news report about conflicts in Iraq. Before this, he didn't know much about this issue. This is an example of which media role?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During political campaigns, the media report information on candidates and issues and help the public make decisions by providing opportunities for candidates to express their views in forums, debates, and interviews. This quiz/worksheet explains those functions and other roles the media play during elections and helps you understand the media's importance in the electoral process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz focuses on the following media roles:

  • Inform
  • Watchdog
  • Platform
  • Public voice
  • Public educator

Skills Practiced

Through these assessments, you'll practice several study skills, including:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the role the media play during elections
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define media roles based on a a given description
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the different types of information the media provide during an election

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the media's roles and responsibilities in elections
  • Explain how the media now provide opportunities for voters to ask questions and voice concerns
  • Know the different types of information the media provide to voters
  • Understand the media's function as a watchdog for voters