GETTING THE STORY FROM LYBIA
Students listen to a radio segment about events in Libya and the challenges of reporting from that country; consider events in Libya through a timeline and Twitter messages; and discuss their view of unfolding events in the Middle East.
By Marieke van Woerkom
- listen to a radio segment on events in Libya and the difficulties associated with reporting on this story
- go online to explore an interactive timeline about events in the Middle East over the past few months, by country
- follow the Libyan "Feb17Voices" twitter feed online to look at events in Libya as they unfold
- explore and discuss recent events in Libya
- explore feelings that come up when listening to the personal story of a Libyan dissident in the US
- media literacy (specifically exploring the idea of the neutral and dispassionate reporter and the idea of accuracy in reporting)
- Today's agenda on chart paper or on the board
- Online access to NPR's On The Media segment "Inside the Libyan Diaspora's Resistance Movement" from February 25, 2011 at: http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2011/02/25/01
- Online access to the Wall Street Journal interactive timeline at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870384200457616288401298114...
- Handout with Twitter messages from the "Feb17Voices" Twitter feed
Inside the Libyan Diaspora Resistance Movement
What did students think of the clip? What did they learn?
What dual role has radio producer Sarah Abdurrahman played since the start of the uprising in Libya? Why did she play this dual role?
Journalists are expected to be neutral and dispassionate when covering stories. Do you think this is always possible? Why? Why not?
What has Sarah done since the start of the uprising in Libya to get the story out?
How does Sarah get around the limitations imposed on journalists in Libya?
How does Sarah try to make sure that the story she gets out is accurate? Why does she say accuracy is important?
- Towards the end of the interview, Sarah is asked a personal question about her family history. How do you think she's feeling as she shares this story? How does it make you feel listening to the story?
From Tunisia to Egypt and Beyond
- How do you think these media stories have impacted most recent events in Libya?
- What were some of the other things that stood out for you from work in your small groups?
- What are your thoughts about the events as they've unfolded in Libya?
- What are your thoughts about the international community getting involved?
- How do you think Sarah feels about this?
- Did it help to hear Sarah Abdulrahman's story before doing some of the small group work? Why? Why not? How?
Student Handout: Tweeting the Uprising in Libya
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