Comparing Sources: Exercise 2
The BBC news reported on the London riots in 2011. They are supposed to be impartial, but can you find a bias? What are they saying? Make some notes on the key things the BBC report says.
This is an AMERICAN newspaper. Are they impartial, or can you see a bias? What are they saying? Make some notes on the key things the report says. What angle are they taking? What are they interested in reporting?
The Guardian is a Left Wing newspaper. Can you see a bias? What are they saying? Make some notes on the key things the video report says. Who have they chosen to interview? Do you think this is representative of ALL the rioters?
Part of being a historian is thinking critically about sources, and comparing one source with another. You cannot get a full picture with only one source!
Here are a selection of reports on the London Riots of 2011. Read the reports critically - ask yourself questions about who is writing them, what the reporters want you to think when you read the report, and what sort of images they are using to put their points across. ONLY READ THE NEWSPAPER REPORTS THEMSELVES.
For more context to the Chartism Movement and a timeline of the protests, click on this link: BBC REPORT > CHARTISM
For more context to the London Riots and a timeline of the violence, click on this link: BBC REPORT > LONDON RIOTS 2011