Is all the news we watch and read biased?
What is bias? According to one Ezine article, bias is defined as "A predisposition or a preconceived opinion that prevents a person from impartially evaluating facts that have been presented for determination; a prejudice."

Simply put: it is a state of mind when you have already decided on the issue without even knowing the full facts. You may call it prejudice or being partial.

Unfortunately, bias not always easy to recognize in the news media. There are no news reporters or news stations that come right out and say "this is biased, so watch out!" Rather, we must try to find bias ourselves, and in order to do so we must know where to look. The most common ways that bias manifests itself in the news are through word choice, omissions, framing of the story, and a biased selection and use of sources.



Directions - Your task in the computer lab is to research the links related to your topic available on the MSK Wiki. Read through each web link. Based on your reading and understanding complete the questions. Tomorrow, you will meet with other members of your group to begin formulating a news cast that you will present to the entire class about your current events topic.



Amanda Knox Resources:

The Guardian (UK Based) on Amanda Knox
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/30/amanda-knox-italy-death-penalty

The Seattle Times (Amanda Knox is From Washington State) Responds to Amanda Knox
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016448492_knox09m.html

US Perspective on Amanda Knox Trial
http://www.people.com/people/news/category/0,,personsTax:AmandaKnox,00.html

The Daily Beast & the Evidence of the Amanda Knox Trial
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/10/06/the-italian-job.html
More Amanda Knox Resources:
True Crime Photos
http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/amanda-knox-murder-on-trial-in-italy/photos/true-crime#id=1

The Enigma of Amanda Knox
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2009/12/01/guilty-until-proven-guilty.html

Wall Street Journal Reexamines the Saga
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204612504576608331291925472.html


Steve Jobs Resources:
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904875404576528981250892702.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204644504576650372116528528.html?KEYWORDS=steve+jobs
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/10/26/steve-jobs-wanted-intel-chips-for-the-ipad/

Associated Press
http://optimum.net/News/AP/Article?fmId=54318082

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/steve-jobss-genius.html?scp=2&sq=walter%20isaacson%20on%20steve%20jobs&st=cse

USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2011-10-24/steve-jobs-biography/50893652/1

Mona Simpson's Eulogy for Steve Jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/mona-simpsons-eulogy-for-steve-jobs.html?pagewanted=all


NBA Lockout Resources:
LA Times

ttp://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2011/10/nba-lockout-can-both-sides-agree-on-basketball-related-income.html
ESPN
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7146097/nba-lockout-2011-league-cancel-two-more-weeks-regular-season-according-report
Colbert Report
http://www.iamagm.com/news/2011/10/18/funny.colbert.report.analyzes.nba.lockout

ESPN Looks at All Sides of the Issue
**http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/5-on-5-111116/who-deserves-most-blame-nba-lockout**

Sports Illustrated
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/?eref=sinav

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/basketball/nba/11/14/nba.labor.ap/index.html

New York Times
http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/n-b-a-labor-strife-now-a-war-of-words/?scp=6&sq=nba%20lockout&st=cse

Occupy Wall Street Resources:
Protestors
http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution/
The Observer
http://www.observer.com/2011/09/occupy-wall-streets-media-problems/
http://www.observer.com/2011/09/occupy-wall-streets-media-problems/

New York Times
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/o/occupy_wall_street/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=occupy%20wall%20street&st=cse

The Guardian (UK Based)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/occupy-wall-street




Additional Resources Used for this Wikipage:
News Bias Explored
http://www.umich.edu/~newsbias/index.html

How to Detect Bias in the News
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/educational/handouts/broadcast_news/bw_bias_in_the_news.cfm

Ben Goldacre's TED Talk on Bias in Medical Reporting
http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science.html

Media Bias Wiki
http://txschoollibrarians.wikispaces.com/Media+Bias