Fair Spin is a new news website that I learned about through TechCrunch. Fair Spin publishes abbreviated news feeds from a variety of sources including CNN, Fox, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Clicking on the title of a story will take you to the full story. After reading a story, you can vote on whether or the story contains a bias and if so, is the bias left or right leaning. Fair Spin displays aggregate votes on each story.
Applications for Education
Fair Spin could be a good resource for current events teachers and or journalism teachers. You could have students look at the stories that have been voted on and have them try to identify what makes a story appear to have a left or right leaning bias.
Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
ProCon – Helping Students Evaluate Controversial Topics
Google News Timeline
MeeHive – Your Custom News Homepage