Where Can I Find Resources for Media Literacy Lesson Planning?

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Media Literacy

Picture this: you see a potato chip company’s commercial for their product, but no one is eating it. In fact, the commercial consists of fit, young, fashionably dressed people energetically dancing while holding the bag of chips. Okay, maybe at the end, […]

Where Can I Find Resources for Media Literacy Lesson Planning?2021-09-13T14:36:06-06:00

What is News Literacy and Why is it Important?

In today’s media landscape, we’re bombarded by news from a variety of sources — some legitimate, some not. Much of the information comes to us from people we trust — our friends and family on social media. Some of the information is true, but we suspect that some of it may be false. So […]

What is News Literacy and Why is it Important?2021-05-11T16:28:04-06:00

What is Media Literacy and Why is it Important?

It’s easy to get lost in the simplicity of a definition, but let’s break it down. There are two components to media literacy: media, or the medium that transmits the message, which can be anything from a social media site to a newspaper or even a candy bar wrapper; and also literacy. If you are […]

What is Media Literacy and Why is it Important?2021-05-06T21:12:57-06:00

The Multiple-Analyst-Generated Media Bias Chart by Professor Maxwell Stearns

This post was written by Professor Maxwell Stearns, who is the Venable, Baetjer & Howard Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and an Advisor to Ad Fontes Media. He’s a prolific legal scholar and has blogged about the Media Bias Chart twice before. He has written insightful theories about […]

The Multiple-Analyst-Generated Media Bias Chart by Professor Maxwell Stearns2021-03-31T12:25:15-06:00

Part 2 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis

Post Two of a Four-Part Series

 

The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis:

 

How to Define Political Bias in a Meaningful, Useful Way

In part one of this series I laid out some problems with existing ways […]

Part 2 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:15:53-06:00

Part 1 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis

Post One of a Four-Part Series

The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis:

 

Part 1:

Measuring Political Bias–Challenges to Existing Approaches and an Overview of a New Approach

Many commentators on the Media Bias Chart have asked me (or argued with me about) why […]

Part 1 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:16:07-06:00

Media Bias Chart, 3.1 Minor Updates Based on Constructive Feedback

So why is it time for another update to the Media Bias Chart? I’m a strong believer in changing one’s mind based on new information. That’s how we learn anyway, and I wish people would do it more often. I think it would lead to nicer online discussions and less polarization in our politics. Perhaps […]

Media Bias Chart, 3.1 Minor Updates Based on Constructive Feedback2018-08-29T17:14:02-06:00

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”

In my original news chart, I wrestled with the questions of what made news sources “good” and came up with some categories that generally resonated with people. I ranked sources on a vertical axis with those at the top ranked as “high quality” and those at the bottom as “low quality.” I characterized the sources, […]

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”2018-08-29T19:13:07-06:00

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology

tl;dr: There are lots of reasons. Many are subjective. More data would make it better. I am not a media expert.

Since my News Quality graphic got widely shared, I have been asked what my inspiration, methodology, and process was for creating it. I note that I have been asked this question by academics, journalists, and […]

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology2018-08-29T19:20:58-06:00