News Article Sharing
I so enjoy reading all the news articles posted to Gather for our consideration. They make me think or stretch my world a bit. These shared bits in themselves are excellent reasons for me to read and comment.
I feel guilty and resource-less.
Why aren't the original sources noted? Which paper or publication did the article come from? Who or which news agency wrote the piece? How can any reader draw reliable conclusions and determine the validity of the source without a means to track it down? Â I have an immediate sense of good research when the New England Medical Journal or a well known research school/facility does testing then when an unknown sourceÂ discusses itsÂ research.Â How do I know if you got this from the BBC, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life publication. The Hemlock Society, WorldPress.org, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, National Inquirer, or my favorite - Mad Magazine? Â Validity of resources is important not just for science news or current events but to give the reader a sense of reliability.
Wikipedia discussion: "Media bias is a term used to describe a real or perceived bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media, in the selection of which events will be reported and how they are covered.Â The term "media bias" usually refers to a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism, rather than the perspective of an individual journalist or article. The direction and degree of media bias in various countries is widely disputed, although its causes are both practical and theoretical." Â This is why I watch for bias and take it into account when reading anything.
At one time or other we all complain about "bias in the news." Â The fact is, despite the journalistic ideal of "objectivity," every news story is influenced by the attitudes and background of its reviewers, writers, photographers and editors.Â Not all bias is deliberate. But, you can become a more aware news reader or viewer by watching for typical journalistic and logic techniques that allow bias to "creep in" to the news or color opinion pieces.
The next stepÂ is to then considerÂ one's own biases while reading.Â Our own prejudices, experience and beliefs deeply tint our interpretation of our world.Â Â Â We respond to trigger words, new ideas or a storyâ€˜s bias on several levels of awareness. Â I have learned techniques to open my mind by trying to temporarily suspend my own belief or using empathy to be able to experience the views of the writer.Â But often I am in a hurry and just let the words wash over me and react without much thought.Â But sometimes, I want to better understand what is being said.
Why can't the writer/poster at least add a paragraph about their reaction to the copy and paste piece?Â What emotional impact did it have on them? Â Did they get an "Aha, I thought so" reaction or a sense of disbelief?Â Â Did the article inspire them or elicit a hopeful feeling?Â Or, was the feeling "not bloody likely" or "hello, reality check needed here"?Â What made you the reader feel that way? Â Did the reviewer see a connection to other studies in other fields?Â Can the event happen in my local community or is it too far removed? Â What made the poster want to copy and paste the article?
I have a simple request: Please post the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or URI (Uniform Resource Identifier).Â This is the web site 'address' for a resource available on the Internet. Â The first part of a URL is called the "scheme".Â The most well known scheme is http, but there are others.Â I would like toÂ know where the articleÂ originated.Â How reliable is the source and what is their viewpoint?
Oh, and could the writer please take the time to add some related links to the Gather.com publication? Â They add tremendously to the information presented.Â They also give the reader some key words and phrases to start a more detailed search to corroborate your information.
Some Resource Links
All Newspapers.com - newspapers from all countries
Site includes links to all countries` newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies, and other types of media links.http://www.allnewspapers.com/index.html
Critical Thinking Community
Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions. After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.http://www.criticalthinking.org/
Drudge ReportT he Drudge Report is a U.S.-based news website run by Matt Drudge. The site consists primarily of links to stories from the US and international mainstream media about politics, entertainment, and current events as well as links to many popular columnists.
Evaluating Internet Sources & Sites a tutorialT here are five basic criteria that you can use to evaluate Internet sites, which are very similar to the criteria used for evaluating other resources: Accuracy Authority, Objectivity, Currency, and Coverage. This brief tutorial highlights the above criteria for evaluating sources and sites on the Internet and Web. Additionally, this tutorial provides example sites for you to apply what you have learned
How to Detect Bias in the News
â€˜A Consumers Guide to News Mediaâ€˜ essay, from the Learning Seed Co. Reprinted by the Media Awareness Network.
How to Write a Lab Report
The major parts of a formal write-up include: title and author, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and bibliographic support. Sometimes the methods and results are combined, and in some journals, the results and discussion are combined. No matter what the format, all of them contain certain elements that are critical to good explanation of an experiment or observational study.http://www.fortlewis.edu/academics/school_arts_sciences/biology/lab1.htm
Media Literacy Bias" Bias is manifest in texts when authors present particular values as if they were universal. For example, bias can be conveyed in the media through the selection of stories, sequence, and slant in newscasts; the placement or omission of stories in newspapers; who is interviewed and left out in radio or television talk shows and news programs; the advertisements on webpages, television, magazines, radio shows targeted at specific audiences; the lyrics of commercial jingles and popular music, and the images displayed with them in broadcast commercials and music videos; the goals, procedures, and the rules of video games."
Source: Crossing the Information Highway: The Web of Meanings and Bias in Global Media,
Ladislaus Semali, December 2002, http://www.readingonline.org
Media Bias News
Knowledge is Power: Media Bias News presents links to news about media bias and related subjects. A project of Citizens Coalition for Responsible Media.http://www.fairpress.org/
World News, International Newspapers Online, and International News Sources: Get informed about what's happening on this planet. One click to information about world issues from news sources with various, many-sided perspectives. They are independent and unbiased and provide fast, up-to-date, comprehensive, objective, and reliable newsâ€¦http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/news.html
Poynter InstituteT he Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism in the public interest.
Press DisplayP ress Display offers current issues of newspapers in the original form from all over the world. Now you can read digital replicas of newspapers on your computer. ... 350 newspapers from 65 countries in 35 languages!
Reporters sans frontiÃ¨res"Donâ€™t wait to be deprived of news to stand up and fight for it"
In some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. Jailing or killing a journalist removes a vital witness to events and threatens the right of us all to be informed. Reporters Without Borders has fought for press freedom on a daily basis since it was founded in 1985.
Original reporting and commentary on politics, news, culture and morehttp://www.salon.com/
Breaking science news and articles on global warming, extra solar planets, stem cells, bird flu, autism, nanotechnology, dinosaurs, and evolution -- the latest articles in Science, Health, Environment and Technology.http://www.sciencedaily.com/
Science for Kids
Information and resources on science topics of interest to young people, categorized by topic.http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
Science News Online
Features weekly articles, archives to past issues, and timelines of scientific importance.http://www.sciencenews.org/
All the latest news for the scientific community, including daily news from ScienceNOW and weekly news from Science magazine.
ÂWorld Association of Newspapers
The Paris-based WAN, the global organization for the newspaper industry, defends and promotes press freedom world-wide. It represents 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 73 national newspaper associations, newspapers and newspaper executives in 102 countries, 11 news agencies and nine regional and world-wide press groups.
ÂWorld Press Freedom Committee
WPFC is an international umbrella organization that includes 45 journalistic groups -- print and broadcast, labor and management, journalists, editors, publishers and owners on six continents -- united in the defense and promotion of press freedom.
List of World Newspapers and Magazines, sorted by Country, region, and political affiliation.
Listings Resource: http://www.worldpress.org/gateway.htm