How Journalists Minimize Bias

Class members are challenged to write a neutral news story about the events they observe in a short video. After sharing their stories in groups and discussing the different perceptions, the class concludes with a video of journalists talking about how they try to eliminate bias in their stories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin with a brief review of the contract and discussion of how the learners feel they are progressing in creating and maintaining a safe classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • Fourth in a series of 11 resources that uses the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, as a focus for investigation
Pros

  • Stopping the video and not revealing to viewers that there is more to the story is more apt to reveal writers' suppositions and biases
  • Step-by-step directions are included as are links to all required materials
Cons

  • None
Common Core