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Habits of Thought

Learning Objectives

  • To understand what habits of thought are and how they affect a journalist’s work.
  • To be able to explain the difference between cognitive bias and media bias.
  • To recognize how reflective practice in journalism promotes excellence.

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Additional Exploration Exercises

Experiential Learning for Journalists: Evaluating Inclusive Coverage – with downloadable PDFs for peer newsroom or classroom feedback

Critical Thinking for Journalists

Adaptable Thinking and The Journalist

Standpoint: Understanding the Influence of Mental Frameworks on Journalism


To better understand the difference between cognitive bias, which describes errors or distortions in everyday thinking processes, and media bias, which is an ideological slant in news reporting, see these sites:

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