Four questions to ask before Media Literacy Week | Five for the weekend

Good weekend to all.
Your plans for next week are probably filled with scary events such as trick-or-treating, Halloween parades and horror movie marathons, but there is another event happening next week that you should be aware of.

This year, the week of October 25-29 serves National Media Literacy Week.

Established in 2014, National Media Literacy Week was designed to recognize and highlight the vital role that media literacy plays in our society, and how to be better informed consumers of news, social media and more.

In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Media Association (PNA)The Capital-Star has planned coverage on media literacy topics for next week, but we invite you to join the discussion as well.

Here are some questions to get you thinking about media literacy and your own news consumption behaviors.

  • How to define media literacy?
  • What media do you use regularly? How often do you use it?
  • What sources of information do you trust? Why?
  • How do your own emotions influence how you feel about a particular medium?

As always, the top 5 stories from this week are below.

Comedian Bill Maher (photo provided)

1. Before the Hershey Show: Bill Maher talks about US Senate race from Pennsylvania, insurrection and civics

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In our last interview (October 19, 2019), you said “Pennsylvania could be the most important state in 2020.” The Keystone State put President Biden over the top with the fact that he finally won our 20 Electoral College votes.

Bill Maher: Well, that turned out to be very true, although I’m sure he had no trouble wearing Scranton. And Pennsylvania has always been an uncertain state on the red versus blue continuum.

Q: Now, the 2022 U.S. Senate race once again puts Pennsylvania front and center. With Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey not running for re-election, there are 14 Democrats, 12 Republicans and a Liberal Party candidate vying for the vacant seat.. Any thoughts on Democratic candidate John Fetterman? Malcolm Kenyatta, openly gay state representative? U.S. Representative Conor Lamb? Are the GOP candidates getting your attention?

A. I haven’t followed this race yet but US Rep Conor Lamb [D-17th District] — a moderate Democrat — has the right idea. Nothing extreme in any direction regarding legislation and regulation, or policy. I think that’s the way to go.

Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, speaks at a Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee meeting to vote on a subpoena for an investigation into the 2020 general election and 2021 primary election. ( Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

2. Pa. GOP lawmaker promised transparency, but negotiations for election inquiry are private

The Republican state senator leading the Pennsylvania election inquiry has promised a transparent process, but negotiations with potential vendors are taking place behind closed doors.

Since the General Assembly is not required to follow the same procurement practices as executive branch offices, Sen. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, who promised an “accountable, thoughtful and transparent” review, has no legal obligation to make public the engagements with third parties. .

The Pennsylvania Procurement Code describes how the offices of the governor, attorney general, treasurer, auditor general, state boards, commissions, and other agencies acquire services and supplies. It explains how to post projects, accept bids and select successful bidders.

Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Screenshot)

3. Senate Judiciary Committee introduces bill to increase penalties for those who evade arrest

Wanting to honor a Pennsylvania police officer who died on duty, a Senate panel has proposed legislation that would increase penalties for those who evade arrest.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-2 on Tuesday to approve a bill that would create a new offense for people who flee police to escape arrest on foot.

Legislation sponsored by the senses. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne and Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, came after Scranton police officer John Wilding was killed in 2015 while pursuing three teenagers on suspicion of armed robbery.

Although charged with Wilding’s death, the suspects pleaded a lesser offense and were sentenced to between nine and 18 years in prison, according to WNEP-TV.

Masks and temperature checks will likely be the norm for many school children in the United States until a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children under 12 (NurPhoto/Getty Images).

4. Pennsylvania Regulatory Board upholds Wolf’s school mask order; eyes turn to the courts

A Pennsylvania legislative panel on Thursday morning upheld Gov. Tom Wolf’s school mask mandate, ruling that the Democratic governor had properly implemented it within his administration’s existing powers.

The rarely used 11-member panel, known as the Documents Committee, is made up of lawyers, lawmakers, a cabinet secretary and a representative from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. He has the final say on what is and is not a settlement.

The committee decided 7-4 to maintain Wolf’s K-12 mask order, which requires all students, teachers and staff to wear masks inside school buildings, regardless of their vaccination status. against COVID-19. The ordinance applies to public and private schools, as well as kindergartens.

Senator Scott Martin, R-York, speaks during a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Monday, October 18, 2021.

5. Senate panel introduces bill that would require Pennsylvania schools to post curriculum and book titles online

A so-called school transparency bill, which would require districts to post all curriculum and course materials online, is making its way through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Monday to advance a previously approved House bill, drafted by a GOP lawmaker, requiring Pennsylvania schools to return all instructional materials, techniques and programs. accessible to the public, from the 2022-2023 school year.

If course materials are updated, a school’s chief administrator or designate would be required to update the online curriculum within 30 days of approval. The bill applies to school districts, intermediate units, vocational and technical schools, charter programs.

And this is the week. See you here next weekend.

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