Ch 20: US Politics & the Media - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Let us help you study for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam by reviewing the complex relationship between U.S. politics and the media.

US Politics & the Media - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to develop an understanding of the influences that the government has on the media and how the media affects U.S. politics. In this chapter, you will review:

  • Creation of mass media and U.S. journalism
  • Information sources for U.S. media
  • Media influences on public opinion
  • Types of media bias
  • Media's role in elections and government matters
  • Rules that govern the media
  • Public opinion and how it's measured
  • Political culture's effect on public opinion
  • Leaders in opinion
  • Political culture in America
  • Public's view of our political system
  • Political socialization

The lessons in this chapter provide you with several different methods for learning. You will find a short video included in each lesson to help illustrate the material. You'll also find the video's transcript included for text-based learning. You can take a self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to apply what you've learned and practice for the exam.

US Politics & the Media - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam is taken by educators aspiring to teach political science courses in Massachusetts. The exam covers five main areas of content. The information reviewed in this chapter prepares you for questions related to two content areas: history and government and civics. Each of these content areas account for 20% of the total score.

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-ended responses. The open-ended response questions account for 20% of the total score and could be related to any of the five areas of content covered on the exam. You will need a score of 240 or higher to qualify for graduation.

13 Lessons in Chapter 20: US Politics & the Media - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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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.

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.

What is Public Opinion?

7. What is Public Opinion?

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the concept of public opinion and explores influences on public opinion.

The Measurement of Public Opinion

8. The Measurement of Public Opinion

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

9. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.

Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

10. Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

The following lesson will discuss how individuals known as opinion leaders shape the public's perceptions on complex issues, such as politics. There will be a short quiz following the lesson to check your understanding.

What is American Political Culture?

11. What is American Political Culture?

The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.

Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

12. Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

Americans use a unique frame of reference to perceive and evaluate our political system. This lesson explores five common beliefs Americans hold about the American political system.

What is Political Socialization?

13. What is Political Socialization?

Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.

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