Ch 7: Mass Media in the United States

About This Chapter

The Mass Media in the United States chapter of this Civics Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the American mass media. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of the U.S. mass media.

Who's It For?

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

How It Works:

  • 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.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the U.S. Mass Media chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any mass media question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

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

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Mass Media in the United States
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

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.

Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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