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Everyone has biases.

The very condition of being biased is programmed into our genome as a means of protecting the tribe.

That does not make it right. We aren't battling for dominance over the water hole again, yet. But we live in a society that uses this internal programming in order to make more purchase that which has been deemed a part of the given culture.

We also see biases pop up in sociological settings where it is advantageous to have your clan identity be perceived as superior in order to curb moral leanings towards those seen as the enemy or other. These perspectives are generally limited to military and church settings but with the rise of the religious right we are seeing an entirely new form of acceptable biases in our media. This amount of bias has left us with an ignorant electorate. And even worse than ignorant misinformed.

Civilizations implode when the media becomes so biased. As we watch from our computer screens we can see daily where media bias is some form of stochastic terrorism. Perhaps only mild, forcing millions stuck on transit or in line to listen to the parroting of right wing talking points. To the extreme of hordes pointing weapons at federal officials just trying to do their job.

So it is not only important to share the news from one's community but to do so in a manner that communicates to everyone.

Some basic journalism standards:

Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled, and not misrepresent fact or context.

Distinguish news from advertising and avoid hybrids that blur the two.

Examine your own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.

Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.

Support the open exchange of views, even views you might find repugnant.

These standards are not in order to restrict your writing but to make the writing solid and more readable across a broader audience.

Here is some really astounding information about how to not write in a biased manner from Walden University Writing Lab.

Writers should write objectively and inclusively to receive respect and trust from readers, as well as to avoid alienating readers. To be objective means to write with curiosity, rather than having a preset opinion, and to engage with research, rather than presenting a personal preference.

Being objective in your writing is a skill that you will develop, just like your academic voice. Though having a passion for your topic makes the writing process easier, it is important not to let it take over your draft.  Here are some tips for keeping objectivity and eliminating bias.

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