One News SVG Launches Historic Anti-Bias Initiative

By Admin. Updated 6:37 a.m., Sunday May 10, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – In a move to help keep news stories free of bias, and to promote media literacy, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ newest online news entity – One News SVG is launching Anti-Bias.

Anti-Bias is an initiative whereby readers of One News SVG articles can leave feedback about their perception of the article, judged on its headline and content.

The results of the feedback on each article are made available instantly to those who click any of the given options.

Scroll to the end of this story to see and use the tool.

The initiative is the brainchild of Demion McTair and Ashecia Sam, Marketing Communication and Journalism majors, respectively.

McTair, the head of One News SVG, said the initiative is the first of its kind in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He said that as far as he knows, no established news entity anywhere has the initiative.

He said it is an important step for news media in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to ensure fair and factual coverage, and to promote media literacy by letting audiences know how to judge a story for bias.

He added that the initiative is needed to ensure the public has other avenues to test if news media organizations are abusing their power by publishing biased content, or abdicating their responsibility to be fair and factual.

Mc Tair said the Anti Bias initiative also includes plans to recruit voluntary correspondents to represent the country’s major political parties in discussions about national issues.

Meanwhile, Ashecia Sam, a journalist and senior member of One News SVG said “In the spirit of press freedom, our aim is to bring you the truth, responsibly”.

Sam quoted Walter Cronkite, saying: “Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, freedom is the democracy”.

She said in this age of interactive media, people have a say in keeping democracy alive and to do so, they need to ensure they hold the media accountable. She said Anti Bias is an initiative which can help them to do so in a meaningful way.

Meanwhile, McTair said Anti Bias will evolve and that One News SVG is planning to consult data analytics firms to incorporate neuroscience technologies in the polling, to gain more reliable insight into people’s moods when they are reading One News SVG stories and decide to give feedback on them.

He said the tool is revolutionary and is expected to be a game-changer in local and regional media.

Here is a sample of the poll. Feel free to participate.

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