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HUM 111 Week 3 Individual Detecting Media Bias

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Use your favorite Internet search engine to find a recent headline news story in one of the following areas: local or national politics, economics, or business news.

Write a 350- to 700-word paper clarifying the importance of making critical evaluations of news stories. Use the following questions to help develop your paper:

        Was the reporting of the news story clear and accurate, with sufficient depth and breadth?

        Were some facts reported while others were ignored?

        Did the story consider alternative perspectives and worldviews?

        Were there any questionable assumptions implicit in the story?

        Were any implications ignored while others were emphasized?

        Why is it important to make distinctions when undertaking a critical evaluation?

Format your paper consistent with Associate Level Writing Style Handbook guidelines.

Student Example

One the most difficult task for an individual is the detecting of bias in media. Many stories are blatantly biased and this is easy to detect. Other media is often much more difficult to determine bias within because the biased is nuanced with subtle word use and loaded language. In the... criticism of this writing is that it uses a form of loaded language designed to invoke responses from the reader. The article begins with discussing how many conservatives believe ... the bias first appears.

Topics Covered

Detecting Media Bias, alternative perspectives and worldviews

To be used as a study guide only.

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