Detecting Bias Quiz

6 Questions  I  By Adrianam on April 21, 2010
Media bias quiz.

  
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1.  An editor can express a bias by choosing to use or not to use a specific news item. What kind of bias is this?
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2.  News media often use labels and titles to describe people, places, and events. A person can be called an "ex-con" or be referred to as someone who "served time twenty years ago for a minor offense." This is an example of what kind of bias?
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3.  Readers of papers judge first page stories to be more significant than those buried in the back. Television and radio newscasts run the most important stories first and leave the less significant for later. This is an example of what kind of bias?
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4.  To make a disaster seem more spectacular (and therefore worthy of reading about), numbers can be inflated.What kind of bias is this?
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5.  Companies and public relations directors supply news outlets with puffpieces through news releases, photos or videos. Often news outlets depend on pseudo-events (demonstrations, sit-ins, ribbon cuttings, speeches and ceremonies) that take place mainly to gain news coverage. What type of bias is this?
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6.  Visit this link and analyze the first slide in the slideshow (do not advance).  Look for examples of any stereotyping and/or bias.  List the stereotypes that you see and explain any bias that you witness.
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