"Framed" by Flickr user Amanda Tipton. Photo taken in November 2013 (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

"Framed" by Flickr user Amanda Tipton. Photo taken in November 2013 (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Defining the problem

It’s not about facts or bias alone — there are multiple factors at work when we try to understand the issues, what’s important, and each other.

The NewsFrames Initiative works on questions that the Global Voices community has long been asking: how and why certain stories are covered, what part media bias plays, and what does it mean to write news with accuracy and objectivity.

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April 3, 2017

Spotting the News Frame (Part 2 of 2)

To empower you with ways of spotting the frame, we share a few examples from different areas of research that have approached the problem of interpretation.

March 29, 2017

Let's Welcome Two New Members. Next: We Need You for NewsFrames!

All is looking well at NewsFrames and we are happy to announce two new additions to our team: Belen Febres-Cordero and Nevin Thompson. Some of you may already know Nevin...

March 24, 2017

Does Al-Qaeda “support” Emmanuel Macron? No.

No, the cited article focused on Macron’s statements during a February visit to Algeria where he described colonization as a “crime against humanity.”

March 21, 2017

Do 44% of Muslim high school students believe it is acceptable to take up arms for their religion? No.

According to the Fdesouche website, «in certain high schools, 44% of Muslim students believe it is acceptable to “take up arms for one’s religion”». This figure was taken out of context.

March 20, 2017

Does this video show a foreigner assaulting French hospital employees? No.

A video shared 113,000 times on a Facebook page shows a man assaulting two hospital employees, but it did not happen in France.

Is this picture of refugees from March 17 at the Franco-Italian border? No.

A photograph showing a large crowd of refugees supposedly walking towards France has been shared over 2,000 times.

March 17, 2017

Did Marine Le Pen Tweet About the Masha and The Bear Cartoon? No.

A screenshot of a fake tweet by Marine Le Pen, in which the National Front (FN) candidate criticizes the Masha and The Bear cartoon (Masha Et Michka in French), was posted on Twitter on Sunday, February 26.

March 10, 2017

Does this map show recent violence across France? No.

An infographic purporting to map “clashes between the rabble and our police” has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter over the past fortnight. It was, however, created in November 2005 and does not reflect the current reality of social tensions in France.

March 2, 2017

Was Macron’s campaign for the French presidency financed by Saudi Arabia? No.

The site on which the story appears is a perfect copy of that of the Belgian newspaper Le Soir — with a different URL

March 1, 2017

Fighting For, Not Fighting Against: Media Coverage and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Perhaps the news coverage reflects the state of our national inexperience with discussions over Native American sovereignty.