Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Journalism and Broadcasting

Document Type



The goal of my project is to define what news media bias is and examine its history and the effects it currently has on our country and democracy. I will examine its electoral effects as well as how media bias has contributed to lower trust in the news media as a whole.

My project will consist of a general news story on the subject of media bias; a smaller news story focusing on the history of media bias and public perception of the press; an abbreviated research paper on newspaper endorsements and their efficacy in a modern news landscape; and a personal reflective essay.

My project will feature research papers, surveys from sources such as the Pew Research Center, Gallup and Poynter, interviews, and other news stories. This project is significant because it can help equip people to better understand the media and how they operate, how to recognize bias, and how to distinguish biased news from factual reporting.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Mac McKerral, M.A.


Journalism Studies | Political Science