What’s News?. Journalism Principles and Practices. The definition of news. Best definitions are jokes ... What an editor says is news Same thing happening to different people. But we can try for a definition. Timeliness Magnitude Unusual aspects of a story
Journalism Principles and Practices
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How did it happen?
And note...both those qualities are generated through media
This film begins the second major section of our course content: understanding news, the news cycle, the news industries, and why and how news is important. It bridges the first section – critical thinking – by showing how pseudo-events (events designated for media coverage) can in reality be as important as “real” events. Note how the major players involved were concerned, even obsessed, with press coverage and public perception.
Think about the “What’s News” chapter you read for today and how those concepts in the definition of news relate to this story as it unfolded.
Why It’s Important
Each year JPP takes a major news event and focuses on it in some depth in order to have a coherent case history that can be used to study how news is reported, its effects, and its importance.
The global financial crisis is certainly the top story of the year and perhaps the century so far; it underlies the presidential campaigns, the unemployment rate, the crisis in Europe, and all of our futures.
Things to Watch for in the Film:
Note how in the financial world perception is sometimes just as important as reality. In fact, as perception drives stock prices, it IS reality.
Pay attention to the importance of news coverage as depicted in this film. The lions of Wall Street and Washington were fixated on CNBC’s coverage, for example.
Think about the difficult task handed the news media: Explaining a complicated story – a story so complex that even the movers and shakers didn’t completely understand it.