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A guide for evaluating social and news media, online sources of information, and identifying bias for Journalism I.

Lesson Objectives

Lesson #1

  • We will evaluate various sources of media by understanding purpose and using a criteria in order to critically view bias

Lesson #2

  • We will identify and exemplify fake news vs. media bias vs. reliable sources by evaluating sources of information by participating in a classroom panel. 

Key Takeaways

During the next two days, we will be viewing, reading and discussing evaluative tools and practices for various media sources. When examining these forms of media we will be addressing the following concepts:

  • What criteria do we use to evaluate media sources?
  • How do we recognize when a media source is biased?
  • What is the difference between bias, "Fake News", and reliable sources?

Do Now


Imagine this scenario: A fight broke out during lunch between two students, Student A and Student B.

In your groups, discuss the possible retelling of the events and any possible bias from the following points of view:

  • Group 1: A student waiting in line for a sandwich
  • Group 2: A student that is friends with Student A, who "started" the fight.
  • Group 3: A student that is friends with Student B, who "continued" the fight.
  • Group 4: A teacher on lunch duty
  • Group 5: An administrator that had to break up the fight
  • Group 6: A student that wasn't at the caf, but posted about the fight on Snapchat. 


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