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EGL 220 - Critical Thinking

Questionable News

Questionable News

This is a site promoting news evaluation to high school students, but it is very biased. See if you can spot the bias!

Types of Media Bias

Types of Media Bias:

Omission – leaving one side out of an article or a series of articles over a period of time.

Selection of Sources – including more sources that support one view over another.

Story Selection – a pattern of highlighting news stories that support one side of an issue over another.

Placement – the location in the paper or article where a story or event is printed affects the impact.

Spin – story has only one interpretation of an event or policy, to the exclusion of the other.

Evaluate Your Sources

These sites allow you to find out more about the media sources you read. How are they rated on a political bias scale? How do others view these sources?

Journalist Code of Ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists promotes a high level of ethical behavior for the members of their profession. Check out their Code of Ethics for more information, and seek out news sources that follow their guidelines.

Use Library Databases!

Spotting Fake News

California State University Maritime Academy

Cal Maritime Library
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590 

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