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News Or Noise?: The Media's Choice

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For this week’s “News or Noise? ” we look at media coverage on labor provisions in the Senate immigration reform bill. Why so much media buzz around visas for high tech workers in comparison to the coverage on the farmworker deal? Latino USA host María Hinojosa speaks with Ted Hesson, immigration editor at Fusion. Once you've heard some of the conversation, it's time for you to put your skills to the test! “News or Noise? ” is a dynamic multiplatform radio project produced by Latino USA to encourage listeners to think critically about the news. Supported by Chicago’s Robert R. McCormick Foundation as part of its “Why News Matters” initiative, this year-long seri

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Corporate interests are making their way into the immigration reform coverage in all of the following ways EXCEPT:  
    • A. 

      Hi-tech firms are pouring money into lobbying efforts that get a lot of media attention.

    • B. 

      The agriculture industry has the most influence on the news around immigration, resulting in more coverage of farm worker issues

    • C. 

      Companies are paying for TV ads in support of immigration reform

  • 2. 
    Based on this segment, when it comes to coverage of a controversial topic such as immigration reform and guest workers, what is a good way to approach a story critically? Select ALL that apply. 
    • A. 

      Check alternate sources like independent media and local news outlets

    • B. 

      Trust mainstream networks because they’re always right

    • C. 

      Examine what questions haven’t been asked about the issue.

  • 3. 
    Why did Mark Zuckerberg make news even though he is not directly involved in the immigration debate?  
    • A. 

      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement discovered that his grandmother entered the country from Germany illegally and it has become a social media scandal.

    • B. 

      He is a well-known celebrity and it might draw a bigger audience if he’s in the news.

    • C. 

      Through his advocacy work he’s become a sought after “expert” on immigration policy.