Bias - Part 2 - Audience Bias & Cognitive Dissonance

Lesson Objectives:

  • Compare the differences between news media bias and audience bias
  • Identify your own biases, and reflect on how you would work to overcome them. 

Video Introduction:

Stony Brook University School of Journalism Professor Steven Reiner explains how bias sometimes lies with the audience, instead of the news source. 

Guiding Questions

  • How can a news consumer identify their own biases?
  • Have you found yourself afflicted with cognitive dissonance? When? What was the situation?
  • How might you fight against your own biases?

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