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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering U.S. mass media material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the mass media. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the history and impact of the mass media in U.S. politics
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning civics (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about the mass media
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra civics learning resources
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- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the U.S. Mass Media chapter exam.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a U.S. mass media unit of a standard civics course. Topics covered include:
- History and development of the U.S. mass media
- Types of American media sources
- Effects of the media on political public opinion
- Types of media bias
- Function of the media in political campaigns and elections
- Rules and regulations governing the mass media
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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- Federalism in the US
- U.S. Political Parties, Voters & Electoral Process
- American Public Opinion
- Interest Groups in the United States
- The U.S.'s Legislative Branch
- The U.S.'s Executive Branch
- The Judicial Branch of the U.S.
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- Civil Rights in the United States
- Economic, Fiscal & Trade Policy in the U.S.
- Overview of Public Policy
- Issues in Morality
- Basic Theories of Morality
- Basic Concepts of Morality