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Today, it’s difficult to imagine our lives without the constant flow of news and information that we receive from various sources. Whether it’s through television, radio, newspapers, the Internet, or even through word of mouth, we’re constantly bombarded with events happening both locally and around the world. But have you ever stopped to think about where this news comes from? And more importantly, how accurate and unbiased it is?
In this unit, we’re going to take a closer look at the process of news gathering and explore some of the ethical issues involved in this important area of journalism. We’ll also examine the role that social media plays in today’s news landscape and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this relatively new form of communication.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis
The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict in Syria, and over 6 million of them are children.
The majority of Syrian refugees are living in neighboring countries, like Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. But as the conflict enters its fifth year, conditions in these countries are deteriorating and more and more refugees are making the dangerous journey to Europe in search of safety.
More than one million refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe this year, and over 3,500 have died or disappeared while trying to make the journey. This includes more than 2,700 who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.
There is no easy solution to this complex problem, but the international community needs to do more to help the millions of Syrian refugees who are struggling to survive.
The U.S. Presidential Election
The U.S. presidential election is one of the most talked about topics in the news right now. The candidates are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Clinton is the Democratic Party’s nominee, while Trump is the Republican Party’s nominee. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
The Zika Virus
The Zika virus is a virus that is most commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Zika virus can cause severe birth defects in babies who are born to mothers who were infected with the virus while pregnant. The Zika virus can also cause milder symptoms, such as fever, rash, and joint pain, in people who are infected with the virus. Zika is most commonly found in Africa and South America, but it has also been found in some parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The European Union
The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member countries that are located primarily in Europe. The EU was founded in the aftermath of World War II to promote stability and economic cooperation between its member countries. It has since grown to become one of the world’s largest economic powers, with a population of over 500 million people and a combined GDP of more than $17 trillion.
The EU is governed by a set of institutions, including the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. These institutions work together to make laws, manage budgets, and formulate policies that impact all aspects of life in Europe.
The Brexit negotiations are ongoing, and it remains to be seen what the future relationship between the EU and UK will look like. In the meantime, the UK is still a full member of the EU and all its rights and obligations continue to apply.