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News Goggles: Miguel Otárola, Colorado Public Radio
News Goggles annotations and activities provide news literacy takeaways on timely topics. These resources feature examples of actual news coverage, including full news reports, headlines, breaking news alerts or excerpts.
This video originally appeared in the Dec. 6, 2021, issue of The Sift® newsletter for educators, which explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses journalism and press freedom topics and examines social media trends and issues. Read archives of the newsletter and subscribe here. Stock music in this video was provided by SoundKit from Pond5.
Newsworthiness is a key concept in news literacy. With so many stories competing for attention, journalists must determine which events and issues to cover, and how prominently. This week, we talk to Miguel Otárola of Colorado Public Radio about how he decides which story ideas to pursue in his role covering climate and the environment.
“When you talk about newsworthiness, I feel like you can’t get any more newsworthy right now than climate change,” Otárola said.
Climate change, he added, “impacts everything,” from where and how people live to the jobs they have and how they get their food.
“We are in a place where a lot of different states in the West are going to have to deal with this,” he said. “What will a healthy forest look like after a wildfire tears it down?”
Otárola also sheds light on how journalists select quotes for news reports and the importance of presenting information in context. Grab your news goggles!
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