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Transcript of News Bias
in pairs or groups of three after reviewing this information:
This is an opinion, there isn't one right answer
but you should be able to explain your answer
** Where does bias lie: in the eye of the beholder or in the text itself? ** Is there such a phenomenon as good bias? * *Is it possible to avoid bias at all? ** Shouldn't we be entitled to the news we want to hear, and not be forced to swallow the news we need to hear? **
Read the Headline and Rate its Bias 1-5
Read the "Accuracy in Media" Excerpt
1. “Red Ed: Don’t call me ‘Red Ed’ (Oops we just did). ED Miliband yesterday pleaded: "Don't call me Red" - then delighted socialists with his left-leaning blueprint for Britain.” – The Sun
2. “White House Set to Change its Tone.” – Financial Times
3. “Obama tries to save Dems from wipe out.” – Fox News
4. “Joe Biden To Dems: Take Tea Party Candidates Seriously.” – Huffington Post
5. “British households pay £440 a year to be an EU member ... but don't get it back.” – The Telegraph
of the New York Times. Someone please read the definition of public editor at the bottom of the page out loud.
of the New York Times. Managing editors are second in command after Editor in Chief.
Read the excerpt of the exchange between Sullivan and Baquet.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Fill in the circles and/or add more to create a web
What is bias?
Answer in Your Pair or Group,
be prepared to discuss next class
The New York Times is considered the newspaper of record.
Newspaper of record is a term that typically refers to a major newspaper that has a large circulation and whose editorial and news-gathering functions are considered professional and typically authoritative.
Do you think Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Baquet's exchange shows that the Times is not living up to this reputation? Explain your answer.
Go to 1 major news website like The Guardian or CNN
AND 1 wire source like routers.com or yahoonews
How many of the featured, or breaking stories are hard news, how many are soft?
Record the news source, the types of stories/headlines, etc.
Find one news article to analyze for BIAS on Friday.
News stories are basically divided into two types: hard news and soft news.
events that are reported immediately
Politics, war, economics and crime used to be considered hard news
arts, entertainment, lifestyles
A hard news story takes a factual approach: What happened? Who was involved? Where and when did it happen? Why?
A soft news story tries to entertain or advise the reader. For example, newspaper or TV stories that promise “news you can use.” such as tips on how to stretch properly before exercising, or what to look for when buying a new computer.
Wire News: an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to subscribing news organizations.
Three main wire sources: Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse
(note: search "AP news" not just Associated Press or you will see the site about the AP, not their news.)
Trade Articles with a partner and find examples of bias in your partner's article. When possible, be specific about which type of bias it is (see vocabulary list).