By Allie Carpenter
In order to read for bias in the news, you need to know what bias is. According to Oxford Dictionaries, bias is when you “cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something.” There are many different types of bias in the news:
These are just a few examples of different types of media bias. The goal is to not have any of these in your articles unless it’s an opinion-based piece.
Journalists are meant to be objective and provide their readers with all points of view or sides of a story without making one seem like the “right” one. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid having your opinion come out in your writing. But the purpose of news is to inform people, not to persuade them into thinking exactly like you.
You also need to be able to read for bias in the news so that you can realize when what you’re reading might not be the whole story. As a reader and a journalist, you should know the different types of biases and their implications.