April 15!. Today. Storytelling exercise Discuss coverage of Boston attacks Lecture on objectivity Two debates. Boston Coverage. If you were the only crew on the ground, how would you cover this unfolding story? Breaking News Coverage Medium Use of social networks (using storify )
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Four something a reporter DOES.characteristics of a "good" news story -- good both by professional and ethical criteria.
They are as truthful, unbiased, full and fair as possible.
The "T": Stories should be something a reporter DOES.truthful.
The "U": Stories should be something a reporter DOES.unbiased.
The first "F": Stories should be something a reporter DOES.full.
The second "F": Stories should be something a reporter DOES.fair.
Fairness something a reporter DOES.is different from the other characteristics in several wayss:
Fairness is related to keeping promises, as well as to protecting those who make themselves vulnerable by entrusting you with sensitive information.
* Providing sources an opportunity to reply to information about them. This can take various forms, from obtaining multiple sides of a story (which also furthers the goal of unbiased and full truth) to offering separate space for responses, such as on an opinions or letters page.
* Treating sources with courtesy and compassion something a reporter DOES., particularly those who are not used to dealing with the press.
* Following up important stories so that sources can show (and citizens can learn) how situations have been improved or problems addressed.
* Correcting errors promptly, completely and prominently.
So objectivity, these folks argue, involves methods and attitudes rather than some idealized, unattainable state of human nature.
Blind adherence to objectivity can lead to journalists. The article from :
* Lazy reporting
* Over-reliance on official sources
* Hesitance to probe for evidence that might contradict those official sources, for fear of being attacked as biased
The author urges journalists to work to develop areas of expertise. Amid all the babble, society needs smart and independent sense-makers ...
* allowing them to "routinize the unexpected." Politics and government, in particular, become dangerously oversimplified.
* Journalists covering political campaigns tend to rely heavily on what other journalists -- particularly those at elite media such as The New York Timesand Washington Post -- are writing. The derogatory term for this is "pack journalism."
Political allowing them to "routinize the unexpected."campaign advertising has become hugely influential -- and journalists do a spotty job of assessing it for truthfulness or context.