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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

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What s news

What’s News?

Journalism Principles and Practices


The definition of news

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

But we can try for a definition...

  • Timeliness

  • Magnitude

  • Unusual aspects of a story

  • Direct or indirect identification

  • Drama


Unusual aspects of news

Unusual aspects of news...

  • Sometimes no one pays attention until camera is pointed right way

  • Inherent bias toward and against certain types of stories - toward visual, away fromcomplex


In addition news is

In addition, news is...

  • Often something that happens, but often pseudo-event

  • Pseudo-event is also part of managing news cycle

  • Waging symbolism


Perfect example economic crisis of 2008

Perfect example: Economic Crisis of 2008

How did it happen?

  • Story about economic policy -- drives some laws

  • Economic policy used as tool for “social good”

  • In addition to regulation, have deregulation -- both are used to influence public good


Laws made to enforce public good

Laws made to enforce “public good”...

  • Cigarettes -- tax in NJ 2.70, NY 2.75

  • Liquor

  • Student loan interest

  • Deductions on mortgage

  • Corporations


Deregulation works for some but not for others

Deregulation works for some but not for others

  • Airfares to Tampa

  • Communication act and how it benefited cable tv


But popular legislation can lead to bad policy

But popular legislation can lead to bad policy

  • Regulators and legislators pander to groups

  • Sometimes don’t understand implications

  • Effects are right in this room


The bottom line

The Bottom Line

  • Trust

  • Perception

    And note...both those qualities are generated through media


Case history of media symbiosis with major news event

Case History of Media Symbiosis with Major News Event

  • The meltdown was caused by perception

  • Mortgages were the main cause...

    • Deregulation affordable homes

    • Wall St. took advantage of corporate structure


More about the mortgage crisis

More about the mortgage crisis...

  • Securitized

  • Sliced and diced

  • No model for if it tanked

  • Credit default swaps

    • Moral Hazard


Setting the stage

Setting the stage...

  • We have a story that fits all the definition of news

  • The purpose of news is to explain

  • One purpose of government is to get public opinion to support its actions


Note the pseudo events

Note the pseudo-events...

  • Press conferences

  • Capital injections

  • Bankruptcy of Lehman

  • Trial Balloon

  • Classic example of the news cycle at work


Viewing guide for too big to fail

Viewing Guide for “Too Big to Fail”

What’s Ahead:

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.


Viewing guide continued

Viewing Guide, continued...

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.


Viewing guide conclusion

Viewing Guide, conclusion...

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.


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