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While iconic news photos can deliver powerful messages on important issues, they could also be misleading sometimes.

Overall learning objective

Power of images

Journalistic truth is not absolute. It is the best obtainable version of the truth based on verified facts up to that point of publication. News reporting builds over time.

Key takeaways

Truth (journalistic truth)

  • Journalistic truth is the best obtainable version of the truth based on verified facts up to that point of publication.
  • News reporting is a continuing journey towards finding the truth as our understanding can only build over time.
  • The news audience needs to follow the story over time.


  • Not all…

Algorithms are not some mysterious magic behind social media services. Users can control what they see to a certain degree if they know how to “train” the personalized algorithms.

Key takeaways

  • Our ‘snap judgment’ to click, like, and share media content is an ‘editorial’ decision.
  • Platforms take our actions and preferences into the mathematical formulas known as algorithms that determine what content we encounter.
  • Algorithms affect the patterns of our news consumption but to a degree, we can control how the…

In today's media and information landscape, news and journalism need to be redefined for the students.


  • News is something new; something people want to know and share (public interest).
  • Rumors and gossips can be true or not true, but news should be fact-based (verified or verifiable information).
  • In today’s media landscape it is…

Advertising material that resembles news borrows journalism’s credibility to promote a product, service, person, group, or even an idea.


Some news stories are re-written press releases. Should we call those reports journalistic content?


Do your students really understand the impact of social media on the news they consume? How about its effect on overall human psychology, behavior, and interactions?


Age 15 and above
Age below 15
For a more discussion-based introduction


Learning outcome

  • Understand the impact…

We are all about experimental pedagogy.

Why news education?

Annie Lab does not take any political position or advocate for any course of action.

Annie Lab newsroom is a fact-checking project at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong (HKU Journalism) in collaboration with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit educational organization registered in Hong Kong (CR number 2890935).



Official account of Asian Network of News & Information Educators

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