Ready To Make Peace With the News Media?
You’re tired of all the conflict. You don’t need anyone to tell you how to think. You just want to know what the heck is going on. I can show you how to navigate the news media with boundaries, accountability, and grace, so you can be your smartest you.
Ever feel like you’re the only one who who’s tired of the endless debate and division? Do you avoid the news because – Ugh! – the endless bickering?! You are a smart, civic-minded person, and you want to know what’s going on, but sometimes it’s just so exhausting trying to filter through the media muck. It’s easier to just let your more informed friends and family tell you when something big is going on in the world.
Does this sound like you?
Life can be really overwhelming. Who has time to sift through the headlines for the truth? Especially when different media sources are contradicting each other.
You don’t need the media to do your thinking for you. You just need accurate information so you can draw your own conclusions.
Let’s face it. The world can be a scary place. You want to be informed, but sometimes it’s all just too much. Is it even possible to stay informed without going out of your mind? (Yes! It totally is!)
You genuinely care about what’s going on in the world, and it’s important for you to be engaged. You want to spend your limited time and energy focused on healing, progress, and positive change.
It can feel really lonely trying to stay informed.
You're not alone
As I educate people on how to filter through all the media noise, I’ve noticed that many people assume they are the only one struggling. We assume that everyone else knows what’s going on. This fuels feelings of shame and denial. We just figure we don’t have the time, patience, and emotional energy that everyone else has to stay informed.
The result is people just check out and wait for our more informed friends to talk about it on social media. This fuels our shame, because we know we should be staying up on all this on our own.
The truth is, there are A LOT of people who feel just like you.
Imagine the Possibility
What if I told you there was a better way?
What if there was a way to be informed in just a few minutes a day without feeling overwhelmed and anxious, regardless of what’s going on in the world. Imagine that you knew how to recognize bias, not just in the news, but within yourself, so you could be confident in your media choices.
You are smart, engaged, and just a few clicks away from being informed!
Your life before Mastering the Media:
Your life after Mastering the Media:
Mastering the Media: Navigating the News with Mindfulness
A masterclass on navigating the news media with boundaries, accountability, and grace, with the goal of reducing division and bringing peace of mind.
It is possible to stay informed without succumbing to all the negative energy.
In Mastering the Media, you will learn healthy mindfulness principles and common sense fact checking methods to help you find news that doesn’t trigger you, and you’re going to know how to get out of that state when it you are triggered.
You can be informed and not live in a space of fear.
You can be the smartest, most empowered you.
Let me show you how.
What You'll Learn in This Online Course
Why the media is crucial to democracy • The business of the media • How to navigate the news with Boundaries, Accountability, and Grace • How to identify bias • How to find reliable news sources • How to fact check news stories, conspiracy theories, and social media posts • How to stay informed without going out of your mind
This is your chance to get to know me. We will discuss:
A Quick Civics Lesson
Don’t worry. We aren’t going to dive headlong into high school civics. But we must understand a few fundamentals about government and a free press in order to be responsible media consumers. Love it or hate it, we need the media in order be informed, engaged citizens.
This is the most U.S. centric portion of the course. There’s so much other great info for my international friends throughout the course!
Bias, Editorial, & News
In this section we will define bias, and learn to identify it in ourselves and others. We will also distinguish between news and editorial, which get blurred and confused in our current media framework. We’ll round out the module with some exercises to help you get in touch with your own bias. Here are some highlights:
Show Me the Money (And Why Sara Doesn't Like Cable News)
Regardless of the type of media, it doesn’t matter how hard their slogan tries to convince you that they are fair, balanced, trustworthy, reliable, patriotic, or in any way concerned about your welfare. What really matters is their bottom line. I know this sounds really cynical. But I promise, it’s really not.
Fake News, Propaganda, & Who's Fault Is It, Anyway?
The media is easy to blame. After all, they are the ones fueling these divisions, right? Except, in a free market, the consumer drives profits and products. So, who’s fault is it, again? That’s right. It’s ours.
(This is the part of the course where I slap your wrist. I promise, it’s for your own good. You might even like it!)
Boundaries, Accountability, & Grace
This module is based on something I call Redefining Love, which offers us an opportunity to lovingly set boundaries, love each other from a distance, and hold ourselves and others accountable with grace. This is the mindfulness part of the course (and also my favorite). Here’s what we’ll cover:
By now you’ll have learned that I’m not interested in pandering to any particular worldview, and I’m skeptical of everything. I see skepticism as a good thing, and I encourage it. But when does it cross a line and become dangerous, not just for society, but for your mental health?
We tend to be really passive when it comes to “experts.” Slap some credentials behind someone’s name and we’ll believe almost anything! Most of us aren’t scientists, and you don’t need to be in order to determine the reliability of a study. A little knowledge goes a long way. In this module you’ll learn:
Okay Smarty Pants, Then Where Do I Get My News?
This is where we start getting into the nitty gritty of your news search. In this module, we’ll talk more about mindset, because you guys… If you don’t get your head right, you aren’t going to be able to filter through the muck of the media. Once we chat about mindset, I’ll give my media recommendations.
The Ethics of Profit
The Media is a human institution. Just like all human institutions, the business of the media is flawed. The only power the average citizen has to change this is through how we spend our money. But is this the case for media? Not necessarily. In this module, we will discuss:
How to Fact Check
This module contains real-world examples of how to analyze news stories and social media posts, to teach you how to apply all the stuff you’ve learned. You will see me fact check the following:
BOOM! You’re done. You are now a master of the media. No one can pull one over on you now. And all those partisan bickerers? See ya! You’ll know how to rise above, stay solid in what you know to be true, and love ’em from a distance.
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Access to the Mastering the Media community!
Access to an expert!
Confused about a news story? Not sure what’s true? When you join the Mastering the Media community, feel free to email me a news story you’d like fact checked. Who knows, you might just see your story highlighted in the weekly newsletter!
discounts and freebies
Every time a new product is launched, members of the Mastering the Media community will get first dibs, freebies, and discounts on all Content Empowered Learning projects. Next up… A full course on Redefining Love.
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Still not sure whether the Mastering the Media course is worth the investment? You’re so super busy. And you’re so super tired of all the drama all the time. Why should you spend your hard-earned money and your limited free time on this course?
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Included with your purchase:
- The complete Mastering the Media: Navigating the News with Mindfulness 12 module course
- Access to private Mastering the Media Facebook group
- News analysis help from a media and boundaries expert
- Discounts on all future Content Empowered Learning Content (save your proof of purchase!)
- Weekly newsletter with insights, tips, inspiration, and expert news analysis
Purchase Price: $49.99*
*I agonized over what to price this course. Hours of research, preparation, heart, and soul went into creating it, not to mention the nearly 20 years of education and experience I put in to get me here. I knew I was doing important, high value work. But I also felt so passionately that people needed this information. I wanted to give it away for free (which I did, for a while). When it came time to sell it, I wanted to price it so it was accessible to the most people. Others suggested $199, $299, and even up to $499, but that high a price would defeat the purpose of creating it – to teach as many people as possible how to navigate the news with less divisive discourse and anxiety. Ultimately, I decided that $49.99 was the best, most accessible price for the most people.
WELCOME TO CONTENT EMPOWERED LEARNING
My name is Sara Beth Wald, but I go by Sara. I’m a content writer in Montana, USA. I’m a former newspaper columnist and social worker with a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. I have worked as a writer, editor, and journalist in the academic, corporate, and print media sectors.
As a former social worker and experiencer of LIFE, I know a thing or two about trauma, mindfulness, and honoring personal boundaries with accountability and grace.
As a media scholar, I know a thing or two about all things news media. I created a media course in response to the takeover of information by bickering talking heads and angry divisive politics. It doesn’t have to be this way! I’d love to show you how!
Let's see if I can clear up any other questions you have.
Take the course in small, manageable segments. This course is easy to stop and start regardless of where you are at within a module.
This course works great as a podcast. There may be times you want to peak at the screen to see a visual, but for the most part, you can just listen and learn!
Yep! In the first module there’s a link to a materials pdf if you’d like to download, print, and follow along. Everything in the materials pdf is also shown on the slides, though, so if you’d rather save a few trees, it’s not necessary to print the materials in order to know what’s going on.
I’m a mom of two boys, ages 14 and 8. I’ve shared materials and videos with them both throughout the past six months of creating the course. I do say the word “ass” a few times (as in “The First Amendment gives us the right to make asses of ourselves”), and the phrase “bat out of hell,” which made my 8-year-old gasp, so if you’re not okay with your kids hearing those phrases, it might not be for them.
Some of my top fans are from outside the U.S. Module 2 is the most U.S.-focused, and you could get away with skipping it if it just isn’t singing to you. But free speech laws are similar in a lot of democracies, so if you have a free press, even Module 2 might interest you. And be forewarned, if you skip Module 2, there may be a few terms and references you don’t quite follow later in the course.
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