Children's LiteratureThis book offers relevance in view of the ever-changing happenings on a local, state, regional, and world basis. A prologue focusing on September 11, 2001 gets right to the point of how news is doled out. People are continually in contact with news programs on TV. Programs offer to bring viewers up-to-the-minute reports. However, what knowledge is necessary to determine whether the news is true or not? Basically viewers must rely on the networks and programs to show what is true. This book covers ways to do this. For example, a working definition of "news" gives the reader a basis for understanding what to expect when viewing the news. Readers discover that a news story must be based on ten tests of newsworthiness. News should also answer who, what, where, when, why an item is newsworthy and how it happened. Five chapters cover topics ranging from what the news is, to how to think critically about it. Along the way these chapters present specific facts about objective reporting, news anchor people, other correspondents, and those putting the news together. A sixth chapter explains how to decipher the news in order to understand if it is true or not. The book culminates with an excellent epilogue, plus a glossary, index, and further resources about the news. This book is part of the "Issues in Focus" series. It is readable, comprehendible, and will fit well in junior high setting on up. 2003, Enslow Publishers, Ages 14 to Adult.
Nancy Garhan Attebury