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This guide will show you how to detect bias in news sources.
Last Updated: May 19, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Media Bias?

Media bias is the bias (prejudice) or perceived bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media in the selection of events and stories that are reported. Media bias (or its perception) can influence how events and stories are covered.


Different Types of Media Bias

Bias by Placement

  • where on a website (or newspaper) or in an article a story or event is printed (example: front page or above the fold indicates a story of high importance while a story that is below the fold indicates lesser importance)
  • a pattern a placing news stories to downplay information supportive of one side of an arguement or another

Bias by Story Selection

  • this type of bias is related to the reporting of news with a specific agenda
  • occurs when a media outlet regularly reports on stories that support only one point of view

Why It's Important to Verify the Credibility of Your Source

Verifying the credibility of your sources is important because it keeps you from spreading false or misleading information. But, more importantly, verifying the credibility of your sources helps you to make decisions based on accurate information.

To learn more about checking the credibility of sources, click the link below:

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