Two Sides to Every Story

Like most people, I watched the Toronto/Boston hockey game last night.  It’s slim pickings on the tube now that Montreal has been eliminated.

This morning, I decided to take a look at the way that the story was covered.

From Boston

From Toronto

Were these reporters watching the same game?  I thought this would be a terrific exercise in Media Literacy.

  • Can you tell anything from the headlines?
  • Are any of the articles going to be objective?
  • If you were a sports writer, how would you have written the story?

We often talk about perspective in reporting; I can’t think of a better way to show that you can’t rely on a single source for balanced, objective news.  Sports really amplifies the message being delivered.

Meanwhile in Montreal, buried in the sports section…

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2 thoughts on “Two Sides to Every Story”

  1. During the cold war a paper in the old USSR report the results of a track meet as the US coming in next to last and the USSR coming in second. It was a dual meet. :-)

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  2. Such fun! This is a terrific idea, and one I’ll keep for the next time I can compare French and English media reports of a Habs-Leaf match-up.

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