Brexit front pages

How can a single event be reported differently by different newspapers? What do such differences in reporting say about implicit and sometimes explicit biases in the media? Use these 10 newspaper frontpages to discuss how bias was expressed on 25 June, 2016, the day after the Brexit referendum in the UK.

A6 cards: 'Brexit, front pages and bias'
Brexit front pages

  1. Work in groups. Make a copy of the file in Google Slides and work on one person's laptop together.

  2. Moving the thumbnail images of the texts on the left, rank each front page according to its biases. Place extremely pro-Brexit front pages at the top. Place extremely anti-Brexit front pages. Place neutral reporting in the middle.

  3. Walk around your classroom to see how other groups have ranked the front pages. Do you see similar rankings? Discuss similarities and differences.

  4. As a class, discuss each front page. Make a list of the features of the text type that express biases, such as sensational language, colour and symbolism.

  5. Read the points to consider in this document. How did they compare to the points that you raised in class? 

  6. In what ways has this lesson deepened your understanding of and related to one or more of the 7 concepts: transformation, identity, culture, communication, creativity, perspective or representation?

Assessment

Take one of these newspaper front pages and write a practice Paper-1 response. After discussing the text in class, you should be able to think of a good guiding question. 

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