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News Or Noise? Bias

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In the latest installment of our news literacy series News or Noise, senior producer Carolina Gonzalez talks with journalism students Hanna Guerrero and Laura Rodriguez about what we mean when we discuss bias in the news media. Once you've heard some of the conversation, it's time for you to put your skills to the test! “News or Noise? ” is a dynamic multiplatform radio project produced by Latino USA to encourage listeners to think critically about the news. Supported by Chicago’s Robert R. McCormick Foundation as part of its “Why News Matters” initiative, this year-long series of radio reports will explore top stories in the news cycle around which there is extensive commen

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is an example of media bias?
    • A. 

      Promoting products or services of sponsors

    • B. 

      Using limited resources

    • C. 

      Telling only part of a storu

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Watch the interview at 6:06. Why might this reporting be interpreted as biased, if at all?
    • A. 

      The interview is off topic

    • B. 

      The interview includes speculation about the ruling

    • C. 

      The interview subject looks bored

    • D. 

      Not at all--the interview is completely factual

  • 3. 
    On cable news, stations often mix news with commentary. In these cases, what might make an audience feel like there is less bias?
    • A. 

      Include both sides of each issue

    • B. 

      Include only opinion

    • C. 

      Omit commentary/opinion

    • D. 

      Clearly label which segments are commentary, and which are news reports