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How to Detect Bias 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 offered: African Literature. Bias by headline.

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Bias through placement
Bias through placement

  • Page One – Teen shoots man at bus stop!!

  • Page 35 – Teens collect turkeys to serve homeless


Bias through selection and omission

Bias through selection and omission

Class choices:

British Lit

American Lit

Not offered: African Literature




Bias through use of names and titles
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.



Bias through statistics and crowd counts
Bias through statistics and crowd counts

  • Fifty people injured in Air Crash!





Bias by source control
Bias by source control mean 50 people

  • To detect bias, always consider where the news item "comes from."


Word choice and tone
Word choice and tone mean 50 people

  • Pushy or Assertive?

  • skinny or slim?

  • reckless or daring?


Pretend magazine
Pretend Magazine mean 50 people

  • Please turn the pages of this fake magazine and using your media awareness information sheet see if you can spot bias.


Memories of hurricane katrina

Page 2 mean 50 people

Memories of Hurricane Katrina

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)


Page mean 50 people 3

Friday meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the Obama administration tried to prevent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks from collapsing.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly a half-hour


Let s look at teen magazines

Page mean 50 people 3

Let’s look at teen magazines


Page mean 50 people 4


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