Avoiding bias in journalism is one of the most important tasks in the career. There are many options when trying to learn to be unbiased when writing or reporting a news story.
In an article by students at the THINK summer institute, an institute for 13 to 16 year old students that want to excel and earn transferable credits for college, they recommended to diversify the newsroom. There is no better way to avoid bias when there are many differing opinions and viewpoints on a topic.
There are also different tips to avoiding bias in an article from Purdue Owl:
1. Examine your own cultural values and avoid opposing values on others.
This is means that as a person, each person has their own set of values. A good reporter, however, doesn’t impose their values when reporting a story. Make sure when writing a story you stick to the facts.
2. Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
This is self-explanatory. When using language and doing a cover piece or news story, be sure to watch what wording is used. Do not use slang terms to describe a person.
3. Support the open exchange of views, even views you might find repugnant.
Allow people to comment on your work even if it’s against what you reported. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion and a reporter’s job is to report factually so people can know the full story.
4. Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled, and not misrepresent fact or context.
Be sure to not use commentary as a fact. All facts have sources to back them up or people that are experts on the topic, be sure to find out facts from them. Do not mistakenly write something out without attribution so people do not mistake it for commentary.
For further assistance, look into this grammar website to protect yourself from using terms that could be considered biased.