Not on Our Soil – Journalism and Climate Change

These lessons will challenge learners to think critically about their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the field of journalism in creating meaningful social and environmental change in the context of climate change. This module introduces the looming climate crises which will have monumental and differentiated impacts across the globe within the context of journalism which is a well-documented catalyst for social, behavioural and mind-set change. Learners will soon grasp that climate journalism is an exceptionally new topic in the field of journalism as they grapple with the activity of creating a piece of climate journalism of their own in order to spread awareness and inspire action from their own communities and contexts.

 

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources
  • 1 x Post-screening workshop lesson plan
  • 4 x Lesson plans
  • 3 x Teacher presentations
  • 3 x Teacher presentation notes
Learner resources
  • 1 x Learner workbook
Video resources
  • 1 x Docuseries video: Not on our Soil: Journalism
  • 1 x Instructional emphasis video

Aims & Objectives

These lessons will challenge learners to think critically about their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the field of journalism in creating meaningful social and environmental change in the context of climate change. This module introduces the looming climate crises which will have monumental and differentiated impacts across the globe within the context of journalism which is a well-documented catalyst for social, behavioural and mind-set change. Learners will soon grasp that climate journalism is an exceptionally new topic in the field of journalism as they grapple with the activity of creating a piece of climate journalism of their own in order to spread awareness and inspire action from their own communities and contexts.

What you will learn

  • Lesson 1 | Immerse This first lesson will introduce learners to the core concepts relayed in this module and challenge learners to start thinking differently about the concept of journalism in the context of both South Africa and the looming climate crises being experienced globally.
  • Lesson 2 | Understand  This lesson builds upon the foundational knowledge set in lesson 1 by challenging the learners to critically engage with aspects of bias in news, which forms an integral component of news messages. Learners then turn what they’ve learnt into a personally crafted piece of journalism to be planned and competed in the lessons to come.
  • Lesson 3 | Perspectives  Learners begin the planning and execution process of their piece of climate journalism which they have to conduct an interview in preparation for. This kickstarts the empowering process of learners being the creators of relevant and engaging news.
  • Lesson 4 | Empower  This final lessons affords learners the opportunity to synthesise their findings from their interviews into a succinct piece of climate journalism in the medium of their choice.

Core concepts in this module

  • News and sources of news in the 21st Century
  • Fake news and the reputability of news sources
  • Comparing visual and written sources of news
  • Bias and judgement when engaging with news
  • Climate journalism and the importance of it
  • Interviews and engaging with oral history
  • Constructing a piece of journalism in the form of an article or a podcast

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 11-12 | 16-18 years
CAPS Subject Life Orientation
Grade 12 alignment Life Orientation: Grade 12; Term 2: Democracy and Human Rights

 

  1. Responsible citizenship
    1. Evaluating one’s own position when dealing with discrimination and human rights violations
  2. The role of media in a democratic society
    1. Freedom of expression and limitations of this
    2. Extent to which media reporting reflects a democratic society
    3. Critical analysis of media and campaigns
 

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Module Includes

  • 5 Lessons

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