News Bias Explored

News Bias Explored

Author: Amee Wittbrodt
  • Understand, analyze, evaluate, and use different types of print, digital, and multimodal media.
  • Critically analyze information found in electronic, print, and mass media and use a variety of these sources.
  • Gain an understanding of news bias and the forms it takes: word choice, omission, limiting debate, sources, and medium.
  • Identify news bias in text and photos.
  • Evaluate the difference between photo bias and photo manipulation.


This packet presents information about news bias and the forms it can take, including bias in photo journalism. Many examples of bias are presented.

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Background Information

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Discussion Questions

  1. T/F? Bias in the news isn’t always easy to recognize.
  2. T/F? Journalists sometimes manipulate words in such a way that whole sentences' meanings are subtly changed...and sometimes not so subtly.
  3. T/F? Changing only one word in a sentence has little effect on the overall meaning.
  4. T/F? News organizations and their reporters have an obligation to seek the truth and be reasonably comprehensive in their reporting.
  5. T/F? Polls are always accurate and I can trust that they are not biased.
  6. What form of bias is shown when a reporter purposely leaves out a piece of information?
  7. What type of news bais is this an example of?  CNN reports that the President of the United States has declared war on Mexico without questioning the President further.
  8. T/F? It would be correct to assume that the evening news on TV will report the same news as the daily newspaper.
  9. Which medium has the least time/space constraints on what it reports?
  10. T/F? As a media literate citizen, I should always question the source of my information whether it be television, newspaper, radio, or Internet.
  11. How can two news stories about the same event be so different? Explain.

Photo Bias: A Review