When we think about informational media, we typically think first about the news.  And it’s true that one of the primary reasons people use the news is to be informed.  But there are many other ways to inform people about current events, health information, even policies and laws, that do not rely on traditional news outlets.  In Becoming a Critic, we look first at the news as a vehicle for disseminating information, but also explore how information can be taught through children’s cartoons and prosocial messages in entertainment media.

People’s preferences for receiving information are changing: We like videos, pictures, and short snippets of information according to The Brookings ThinkTank.  So, to reach people with essential information, organizations and the government have to consider new ways to reach people with important policy information.


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