Course overview

People’s main source of news used to be newspapers. Then along came radio. Then television. Then even more television. Then social media – Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube. Even if you don’t subscribe to any of these platforms, the noise they generate finds its way into the media you do consume. There is no escape. How do you make sense of it all? How do you sift truth from disinformation and misinformation? What’s in it for the people telling you the news? Come and join retired BBC Journalist Andrew Vincent for an exciting course full of debate! Set in a relaxed environment with others and led by Andrew who will ensure a fantastic experience.

Course description

Do you enjoy learning about and debating about media and the news? We are fed the news on a daily basis and it is now more polarised and tribal. Almost an ‘if you’re not with us you’re against us’ mindset. Being neutral is often interpreted as being unthinking or callous. Pick a side, everything is binary and nuance is lost. This course will equip you with the tools to make informed judgements about what you’re being told. It is not going to steer you towards a particular point of view, but it will – hopefully – make you more objective. The WEA is putting on a course for you to learn more about this subject, whether you are a regular news watcher, or just have an interest in the media. Andrew Vincent with guide you and ensure you leave much more informed. If you enjoy a lively debate and discussing views with others then come along to retired BBC Journalist's short course and learn in a comfortable environment with like-minded people. Andrew runs other media courses so do find out what’s coming up for 2024 and join in!

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