A journalist friend spoke to a group of 60 eight year olds recently, and asked them how many of them believed that newspapers didn't always tell the truth. 59 hands went up. The only one that didn't put her hand up hadn't heard the question. If someone had asked my class that when I was eight I think we'd all have been open-mouthed at the idea of grown-ups lying to other grown-ups through newspapers. From year three onwards children are taught how to decode media messaging - the next generation of newspaper editors are going to have the toughest, most analytical and critical readers ever.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011