In this activity, students watch a video in which a Newseum expert identifies bias in a 1918 newspaper article about the Chicago race riots, then apply what they’ve learned to a contemporary news source.
As long as there have been news media, there have been accusations of media bias. In this activity, students use the E.S.C.A.P.E. strategy to closely analyze a historical source, shedding light on past instances of bias in the news and drawing comparisons to present-day problems and complaints.
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