Open Access
UNESCO and AU's Media and Information Literacy Course

 

Open Access
UNESCO and AU's Media and Information Literacy Course

Enabling Meaningful Intercultural Dialogue

i. Distinguish fact from opinion

Journalists, writers and other information providers, including those on the Internet, can create cultural misunderstandings, so it is important to be able to interpret what you find in the media. Information media content is a blend of fact and opinion. Sometimes media producers will indicate to the audience when opinion dominates (e.g. in editorials, editorial cartoons, and blogs) as opposed to fact (e.g. science columns, or business news). Factual coverage of the news or accounts of history will be more likely to use objective language, names, dates, places, or numbers that the audience can easily cross-check with other news sources for factual accuracy. Opinion pieces are more likely to use emotional language, testimonials, life stories, and emotive imagery in order to persuade an audience that the opinions of the writer are valid.

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