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Analyzing Bias in the News March 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — sabadoshannon @ 11:15 pm

1. Selection and Omission: This article of “breaking news” tells of a golfcart incident. Doesn’t seen as “breaking”, and something that most would happen often.

2. Placement: This article would most likely not be front page news and more of later news that was just added for awareness to things that go on. This would be more of something that is irrelavent and to me, not ven be considered news.

3. Headline: The headline of the story is very basic and overall summarizes the whole article.

4. Images, Captions, & Camera Angles: This article did not come with any images and was simple just the article itself. I don’t think an image would be necessary in the case anyway because it doesn’t seem like soemthing out of the ordinary.

5. Source Control: There is no actual source stated. The only source that is posted by a Star- Advertiser staff.

7. Word Choice and Tone: The article is factual based and not one based on opinion.


Marine killed in helicopter crash identified.

Filed under: Uncategorized — daniellebanda @ 10:10 pm


1. Selection & Omission – the words used in this story is both positive and negative. It was negative because he was found to be dead. It was positive because his surviving family was talking about how he was a great person. 2. Placement – this would be probably placed in the front page because this is serious and people would want to know about it. 3. Headline – The headline is Marine Killed in Helicpoter crash identified. This would be bolded because it is important to tell those who have been wondering who died in this crash. 4. Images, Captions, & Camera Angle This picture is direct because it basically shows straight forward that this is the helicopter found in the Kaneohe Bay. This is a tragedy for those who lost loved ones. 5. The Use of Names and Titles – There wasnt much information but they used information about him through family members because they knew who he was and how he was like. This type of source about this man is trustworthy. 6. Statistics – they didnt have statisitcs stated in this story 7. Source Control –there source was mainly from their family. Who he was and what he accomplished throughout his life. 8. Word Choice & Tone – The tone was more of sorrow at one point but most of the time it was main facts. there really was not much emotion in this story as they reported this news


Philippines: China executes 3 Filipino drug mules

Filed under: News Analysis — ekelsie @ 6:02 pm

This article began with a one-sided story and ended with one. The article in all decided to be bias because it was the easiest way to get sympathy. Leaving out a lot of information that would have been shared. The article itself left you questioning some details. From this story I believe it would most likely come after the front page. It is not as important to be by the front because it is an issue that has been already solved. With the execution of the three Filipinos.

This headline is very well controlled. With the title you already find it being bias. It first puts the ‘Philippines:’ to state where this problem is accuring. Then goes on to say ‘Philippines: China executes three Filipino drug mules.’ This headline as already put your thoughts on the side of the Philippines. While firmly against China.

After you read this article you understand the picture even more. It states that when one of the executed sister texted her relatives in the Philippines to comment that the Chinese “had no mercy.” In the caption it explains that this man texting was a brother of one of the three Filipinos that had been executed.

In stating what President Aquino said, the writer though didn’t clearly quote, but summarized that the three Filipinos had might been “victims” in this act. This take your sympathy towards the Philippines now that you know they might have been committed for a crime they didn’t commit.

The beginning of this article it quotes from officials and interviewers from the Philippines. It opens the story with a bias statement that catches your attention. Explaining that they were sentenced though appealed with clemency. The diction within this article is not so much carefully chosen. The tone is very intense when talking about the Philippines and they’re feeling. Though a causal tone with the sources from China.


How to Detect Bias

Filed under: Uncategorized — kelliann95 @ 6:01 pm

1. Selection & Omission – words choice, positive or negative

2. Placement – where in the text where the place certain things

3. Headline – centered in the middle and bolded

4. Images, Captions, & Camera Angle – images

5. The Use of Names and Titles – certain name of things

6. Statistics – using percentages and resorting to professionals

7. Source Control – where they get their information

8. Word Choice & Tone – happy tone


Analyzing Bias in the News

Filed under: Uncategorized — jlestino11 @ 5:56 pm

Japan’s tsunami debris headed for West Coast, then Hawaii

1. Selection & Omission – This article gives information about how it affects America. I don’t think there is enough information in this article.

2. Placement – This article would not be placed on the front page, but maybe in the first half of news.

3. Headline – The headline basically summarizes the article and gives the basic facts of the article.

4. Images, Captions, & Camera Angle – The image mostly shows parts of a city in Japan destroyed with the man standing on the side  at an angle. The caption mentions that the man is a loca  firefighter standing in the tsunami-destroyed Rikuzentakata, northern Japan.

5. The Use of Names and Titles – In the article they mention the name of the Seattle oceanographer.

6. Statistics – The only statistics this article gives is how fast the flotsam arrives depending on the material. A derelict vessel could take 12 months.

7. Source Control – This article gives details from Curt Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer.

8. Word Choice & Tone – They give facts, and not their own opinion in this article.


~analyzing bias in the news~

Filed under: Uncategorized — rinarachel @ 9:49 am

<higher radiation found outside Japan nuclear plant>

1. this article is given a lot of information and details. i dont think (see) this article has omission because the accident of nuke plants in japan is very serious problem right now.

2. It was placed at the middle of the list of breaking news site and it is about 2 pages long

3. this article’s headline is higher radiation found outside Japan nuclear plant, i think the headline for this article is very clear and summarized well because that is exactly what is going on in Japan.

4. this article included 6 photos that are related to the damage of the earthquake and tsunami. most of the picture is shown people who are suffering and escaping because of the radiation.

5. they mentioned about higher radiation and the influences of that as well

6. this article has statistics about radiation levels, people who are suffering, etc.

7. it could be from people who are in stricken area, (japanese) government

8. i think they use negative words about it and i also think it can strongly influence viewers and readers.


Maui College proposes to turn Hotel area into ‘living classroom’

Filed under: Uncategorized — cjasminev @ 8:59 am

The title of the article already alludes to some kind of negative connotation. The use of quotations around “living classroom” proposes a hint of negativity. The opening sentence, “proposing to transform…. the state’s most expensive hotels into a “living classroom” on Hawaiian culture…” reveals the author’s opinion of the situation. By juxtaposing the phrase, “most expensive hotels” with “living classroom” in added quotations, suggest that this action may not be favorable. Although the majority of the article is factual, the opening paragraph strongly reveals a biased opinion.

The article was placed toward the bottom of the list with little to no comments or reposts. The lack of enthusiasm from the public suggest that this piece of information is not as important or appealing. However, the title draws some attention or interest. The length of the title seems unappealing, but the use of quotations around ‘living classroom’ draws attention because it almost comes off as mockery.

The article emphasizes that the person interviewed is an archaeologist and others mentioned are from a Board of some sort. The use of names and titles enhances the credibility of the article. Source control is primarily from professionals at the college and archaeologists.

The “dilemma” in the article is that the hotel being proposed to turn into a “classroom” was once a major part of a Hawaiian settlement. They give statistics of how old the land is and how many people inhabited the area. “1,300 years”, “10,000 people”, and “300 sites” is impressive and draws interest.

The article is very factual. It uses a lot of the Hawaiian history of the land to make the article seem positive. The article also ends with a statement from a special assistant that claims they spoke with the family related to the history of land. Using the word “family” and ending with this statement makes it very “home-like”, thus a positive feeling.

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