How it Works

Here are some quick tips to help you navigate and use the site.

Navigating the News Feed
Rating an Article
Article Rating Summary…
Adding an Article

Navigating the News Feed...
Here’s a quick rundown of what you see in the news feed.

Each card for a new article displays the article image, title, category, source, author, id of the user who submitted the article , and a link to rate the article.

Things will look a little different as you and others rate articles. In addition to the article information, you’ll see an image indicating the average rating the article has received from all users, an image showing your rating for the article, and flags indicating if any users have marked any red or yellow flags for the article.

To interact with the cards…

Click the title of the article to read it (please read the articles before you rate them).

Click on the lower right image to view or edit your own rating and flags.

Click on the lower left image or the article image to view a summary of all user ratings, share the article info on social media, or post comments about the article.

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Rating an Article...
So, you’re ready to help expose the media bias? It’s easy! When the rating popup appears, click the radio button next to the rating that you think best applies to the article. If the author has managed to just include the facts of the story you can select “No Bias”. On the left you would have articles that show a liberal bias and on the right a conservative bias. Just decide how strong the bias is and mark the appropriate rating. You can also flag the article for containing certain types of content by checking the boxes next to the red and yellow flags. When you’re done, click submit.

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Article Rating Summary...
The rating summary page is where you will find and share information from the community about an article. It has all of the normal links to the article and the ability to modify your own ratings. It also contains links to share the article information on social media (we’d really appreciate this). You’ll also be able to see the average user rating for the article, see a chart that breaks down all of the votes for the article, and get a summary of what percentage of voters marked each flag. You can also join a discussion on each article and make your opinions on the article, author, or media source known to the media drool community.

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Adding an Article...
 On the right side of the top menu you will find a button labeled + ADD AN ARTICLE. Click it and you’re on your way. A popup will appear. Just fill in the form and we’ll take of the rest. There are a few required fields and they are marked with a *. The other fields will need to be filled in. If you don’t do it, we’ll have to, so please try to provide as much information as possible but don’t let it stop you if you can’t. Here is a quick rundown…

Category: Select the category that most closely matches the content of the article.

Website/URL: The website address where you found the article. You can copy this from your browser address bar by highlighting it and typing ctrl+c or right-clicking and selecting “copy”. Then, paste it into the web form by typing ctrl+v or right-clicking and selecting “paste”.

Article Headline: This is the title of the article exactly as it appears on the site. Please do not use a shortened version or the version that appears on a link to the article.

Article Image URL: This one is a little tricky. If there is an image posted with the article, use it. IF there isn’t a primary image, leave this blank and we’ll take care of it. Also, getting this URL isn’t as obvious as the web site address itself.  Normally you can get the url for an image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “Copy image address”. The exact text will vary depending on the browser you use but something similar should be there. There is a more technical way of getting it by viewing the page source but we won’t ask you to do that unless you know how. If it isn’t easy, leave it blank and we’ll take care of it.

Source: Select the source of the article. After selecting this, a list of their authors will appear. If the Source and/or author is not in  the list already, check the box at the bottom of the form and fill in the “other” fields. We’ll update the lists with the information provided.

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