Competencies About the News for Elementary School Children

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This chapter summarizes a descriptive analysis of competencies about news appreciation and construction that can be passed along to children from ages 7–10 in formal and informal educative settings. It fills a gap that exists in the academic literature with reference to comprehensive documentation of the competencies, which are often passed over in initiatives geared toward improving news literacy. Most news exposure happens in an informal context, which means it is only natural that news media education also occurs most often in informal settings. The chapter examines the news literacy lessons that educators are teaching at schools by reviewing the literature that specifically describes interventions in the classroom. It discusses news literacy key concepts: introduction to journalism, theory and ethics, history, and news construction analysis. The chapter provides information on news literacy skills for 7–10‐year‐old children. The skills include production skills, technical skills, and research skills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Media Education Research
EditorsDivina Frau‐Meigs, Sirkku Kotilainen, Manisha Pathak‐Shelat, Michael Hoechsmann, Stuart R. Poyntz
Place of PublicationHoboken
ISBN (Electronic)9781119166900
ISBN (Print)9781119166870
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2020


  • Informal educative setting
  • News construction analysis
  • News literacy competencies
  • News literacy lessons
  • News literacy skills
  • News media education


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