Bias in the News
Activity - Focus on Primary Sources

Educator Guide | Activity
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Instruction
In this activity, you will analyze headlines and images related to national protests to learn about potential media bias and the different forms it can take.
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Compare Headlines

1. The headlines below belong to several news articles that refer to the same report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), released on September 4, 2020. The report gathered information from late May through August on demonstrations across the country, with much of the content focusing on Black Lives Matter protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd. Each headline below highlights a fact from the report. Examine them and consider the questions below, organizing your notes on your Worksheet:

  • "93% of Black Lives Matter Protests Have Been Peaceful, New Report Finds"—Source: Time, Sept. 5, 2020 (https://time.com/5886348/report-peaceful-protests/)
  • "About 93% of Racial Justice Protests in the US Have Been Peaceful, a New Report Finds"—Source: CNN, Sept. 4, 2020 (https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/us/blm-protests-peaceful-report-trnd/index.html)
  • "Study: Up To 95 Percent Of 2020 U.S. Riots Are Linked To Black Lives Matter"—Source: The Federalist, Sept. 16, 2020 (https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/16/study-up-to-95-percent-of-2020-u-s-riots-are-
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Activity Worksheet
As you explore the sources, print and use this worksheet to help keep track of your findings and answer the Inquiry Question.
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Sources
MLA Citation

"Black Lives Matter Activity: Bias in the News." ABC-CLIO Solutions, ABC-CLIO, 2022, educatorsupport.abc-clio.com/Support/Activity/2260458. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.