Ch 8: AP US Government and Politics: Mass Media

About This Chapter

Watch this series of video lessons to learn about mass media in America, with special attention paid to the role of mass media in American politics and government. At the end of each lesson, you can use self-assessment quizzes to evaluate your understanding of the materials.

AP U.S. Government and Politics: Mass Media - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

For as long as the U.S. has had a government, it's had the press reporting on it. Learn more about types of mass media, how media has evolved over the years, and how it influences the public. Gain an understanding of concepts like media bias and media criticism, and learn about the rules and regulations that mass media outlets have to follow. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • The history of American journalism
  • Types of American media sources
  • How the media affects the public
  • Common criticisms of the media
  • Rules the media has to follow
  • Responsibilities of the media

Video Objective
Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline Briefly describe journalism in America, from its earliest presence until today; emphasize its role in American politics.
American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types Define old and new media types, and discuss the typical relationship each type has with public officials.
Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes Identify and evaluate the effects of the media on people's attitudes toward politics.
Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples Discuss media bias and criticism; offer and assess examples of both.
Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples Identify the rules and regulations to which the media are subject.
The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities Describe and analyze the job of the media in elections and other governing processes.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: AP US Government and Politics: Mass Media
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Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

1. Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

The mass media includes print media, broadcast media, social media and other types of communication. This lesson explores the development of the mass media in the United States and its role in the American political process.

American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

2. American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

Americans use many different sources of media to gain information about the government. This lesson explores American media information sources throughout history and looks at the influence of old and new media.

Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

3. Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

Most people make their political decisions based on impressions gained from the media. This lesson assesses the effect of media, especially newer forms of media, on the public's political attitudes.

Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.

Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

5. Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press, but the government still regulates the media in many ways. This lesson examines the laws, rules and regulations that govern various media outlets.

The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

6. The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

The media play several important roles in the campaign and election processes. This lesson examines the media's function in presidential campaigns and elections and other government activities.

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