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Fake News or Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources: Finding Real News

Media Bias

Information from television, Internet, radio and printed materials, collectively termed "mass media," saturates modern society. Bias is an often subtle leaning or point of view which turns the focus of a news story in a certain direction.  Many journalists argue that true objectivity is impossible, and that while bias can indeed influence the presentation of facts, biased media is not created with harmful intent. Journalists holding the view that some degree of bias is inevitable aim to limit rather than eliminate bias and to present as balanced a view as possible.

The best defense against media bias is getting your information from a wide variety of sources.

Adapted from: "Media Bias: An Overview." by Michael Aliprandini, and Simone Isadora Flynn . Salem Press Encyclopedia (2016): Research Starters. Web. 9 Jan. 2017.

The Internet is replacing other forms of news media


Infographic: The Internet Is Gradually Replacing Traditional Media | Statista
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Library Databases Containing News Sources

  • New York Times A link to the text only version of the New York Times through the Foothill database Academic OneFile. Dates available are from 1985 to the current date.

Wire Services and Press Agencies