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(CNN Student News) -- January 25, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

If you were reporting on the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, what type of news story would you want to tell regarding this natural disaster? What elements would you want to include in your reporting? Explain.

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Haiti Rescue vs. Recovery

According to the program, what debate is being raised regarding resources for rescue and recovery efforts in Haiti? How do you think that this debate should be resolved? Explain.

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What happened to Dan Woolley during the Haiti earthquake? To what does Woolley attribute his survival?

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What do you think are some of the short-term and long-term needs of people in Haiti who have been rescued from underneath rubble? How might these needs be different from those of other earthquake survivors? Explain.

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Auto Arbitration

What is arbitration? Why are hundreds of U.S. auto dealers seeking arbitration?

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What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of arbitration for these auto dealers?

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What criteria do you think that the arbitrator might use to determine whether or not an auto dealer should stay open? Explain.

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Dealing with Debt

What proposal is President Barack Obama supporting in order to reduce the federal debt? How have some critics responded to this proposal?

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According to the report, what are some challenges facing the creation of this fiscal commission?

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Do you think that Democrats and Republicans will be able to find common ground over the issue of reducing the federal debt? If so, where might they agree? If not, why not?

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Ballooning Economy

What do some experts think contributed to a recent decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

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According to the segment: Why are some concerns being raised regarding China's economy? How has China's government responded to these concerns?

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What method did CNN correspondent Jim Boulden use to explain the concern over China's economy? What was your opinion of the way Boulden presented his information? Can you think of other techniques that journalists could use to explain economic concepts?

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