"He served time."
terrorist freedom fighters insurgents
under cover of dark at night
Group 1 Tricks of the Journalism Trade
What tactic is being used in these headlines?
Which sounds more sinister?
Group 2 Consider how a writer's choice of words reflects their perspective.
Which sentence sounds more impressive?
Fewer than 50 people attended the protest.
More than 50 people attended the protest.
Which sentence is more objective?
Obama spoke convincingly of his proposal.
Obama spoke passionately about his proposal.
Which sentence reveals the author's opinion?
Dr. Weil's books give a lot of details about his "cures."
Dr. Weil's books give a lot of details about his cures.
Group 3 Detecting bias
Can you tell which headline writer sides with the perpetrators instead of the victims of this attack? Headline 1 or Headline 2
How do each of the authors of these headlines feel about the event?
Which of these statements is following sound journalistic practices?