American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types


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Why did President Franklin Roosevelt use radio to deliver the 'fireside chats' to the general public?

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1. Which of the following is an example of the use of propaganda?

2. Which media source, though declining in popularity, has an audience that tends to be more politically active?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo can help you quickly assess your understanding of media types and the effectiveness of each type of medium. You will be quizzed on your ability to identify a medium based on an example or definition.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The media source Franklin Roosevelt used to deliver his 'fireside chats'
  • A type of media source that is biased
  • The media source in which people are more likely to retain details of a story
  • The media source in which people recall more about how they felt when they heard a news story
  • The media source in which information immediately becomes news

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the various media through which news and other information is reported
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as yellow journalism and muckrakers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the strengths of each type of media source
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the various forms of broadcast media, including Internet media and social media

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called American Media Information Sources: Definitions & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define media source
  • Detail each type of media source
  • Discuss terms for the reporting of misleading or biased information
  • Describe how each type is used
  • Provide information about the impact of the Internet as an information source
  • Illustrate the negative aspect of Internet and social media