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Political Science: Regional Political News

Why Use News for Political Research?

News articles can provide a useful source of information, serving as a primary source of information about historical and current events. Some benefits of using news articles as political research tools include:

  • Seeing how people viewed an event when it happened
  • Providing multiple points of view about an issue, including a comparison of the United States and international views. 
  • Tracing historical developments of subjects over time
  • Examining issues in the context of their time

Detecting Bias in the News

When using news articles, remember they may be biased. Using a number of different sources can help you get a clearer picture of what occurred, and negate editorial bias. Below is an image of the 2022 media bias chart. For an interactive updated version click here

infographic for media bias

2022 Media Bias Chart for Web, TV, and Podcast Sources. Ad Fontes Media, Inc.



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