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In the Mix

Media Literacy: TV - What You Don't See (#422)

In the age of information and 500 channels, teens are spending more time in front of the television than studying. They're bombarded with media images that they don't know how to deconstruct. In this special, we reveal the tricks and techniques used by the media to manipulate young audiences. Teens will hear from news media experts, including ABC's Peter Jennings, about why young people are so often stereotyped in the media. Viewers get a behind-the-scene look at how news stories are chosen and covered and how commercials and music videos ideas develop. We also meet a group of teens trying to educate their peers about reading between the lines when it comes to news coverage. From the news to music videos to commercials, In the Mix teaches the skills to analyze and evaluate TV in order to become savvy media viewers. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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