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How to DetectBias in the News
Bias through placement• Page One – Teen shoots man at bus  stop!!• Page 35 – Teens collect turkeys to serve  homeless
Bias through selection and         omission         Class choices:            British Lit           American Lit  Not offe...
Bias by headline
Bias by photos, captions and       camera angles
Bias through use of names and            titles• Bill Gates the ex con                          In 1977 the owner of      ...
• Bill Gates the Multimillion Dollar  Philanthropist
Bias through statistics and          crowd counts• Fifty people injured in Air Crash!
Only 7% of passengers sustained         minor injuries                   50 out of 700
• To make a disaster seem more  spectacular (and therefore worthy of  reading about), numbers can be inflated.  "A hundred...
If 714 people were onboard, &   7% were injured this would        mean 50 people
Bias by source control• To detect bias, always consider where the  news item "comes from."
Word choice and tone• Pushy or Assertive?• skinny or slim?• reckless or daring?
Pretend Magazine        • Please turn the          pages of this fake          magazine and          using your media     ...
Memories of Hurricane Katrina              Page 2               Two residents wade               through chest-deep water ...
Page 3                    Secretary of State                     Hillary Rodham                      Clinton spent        ...
Let’s look at teen magazines   Page 3
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How to detect bias in the news ('12)

  1. 1. How to DetectBias in the News
  2. 2. Bias through placement• Page One – Teen shoots man at bus stop!!• Page 35 – Teens collect turkeys to serve homeless
  3. 3. Bias through selection and omission Class choices: British Lit American Lit Not offered: African Literature
  4. 4. Bias by headline
  5. 5. Bias by photos, captions and camera angles
  6. 6. Bias through use of names and titles• Bill Gates the ex con In 1977 the owner of Microsoft was arrested for driving without a license and not stopping at a stop sign. This wasn’t the first time he got arrested though. In 1975 he was arrested for driving without a license and speeding. In 1989 he was arrested for driving drunk but that charge was reduced later on.
  7. 7. • Bill Gates the Multimillion Dollar Philanthropist
  8. 8. Bias through statistics and crowd counts• Fifty people injured in Air Crash!
  9. 9. Only 7% of passengers sustained minor injuries 50 out of 700
  10. 10. • To make a disaster seem more spectacular (and therefore worthy of reading about), numbers can be inflated. "A hundred injured in aircrash" can be the same as "only minor injuries in air crash," reflecting the opinion of the person doing the counting.
  11. 11. If 714 people were onboard, & 7% were injured this would mean 50 people
  12. 12. Bias by source control• To detect bias, always consider where the news item "comes from."
  13. 13. Word choice and tone• Pushy or Assertive?• skinny or slim?• reckless or daring?
  14. 14. Pretend Magazine • Please turn the pages of this fake magazine and using your media awareness information sheet see if you can spot bias.
  15. 15. Memories of Hurricane Katrina Page 2 Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New Orleans, Louisiana.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Graythen)
  16. 16. Page 3 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly a half-hour Friday meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as theObama administration tried to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing.
  17. 17. Let’s look at teen magazines Page 3
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