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Journalism & Democracy. Are We Keeping the Promise?. Journalism & Democracy. The First Amendment Guarantees a Free Press Two views: 1) It is a restriction on government 2) It implies a journalistic responsibility. Journalism & Democracy. 1 st Amendment:

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journalism democracy

Journalism & Democracy

Are We Keeping the Promise?

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  • The First Amendment
  • Guarantees a Free Press
  • Two views:
  • 1) It is a restriction on government
  • 2) It implies a journalistic responsibility
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  • 1st Amendment:
  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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  • Questions:
  • Does the media have a social responsibility to inform the public so it can make political choices?
  • Does all media have a responsibility to present the facts and sort through the rhetoric?
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  • Pew Study (2004)
  • 50% of people under the age of 50 get most or some of their news about politics from late night comedians
  • Most of those people are significantly less informed about the basic facts of political candidates
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  • What is politically relevant information (ethically correct information)?
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  • Is it useful?
  • Does it provide information that helps the individual and collective decision making?
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  • Is the information sufficient?
  • Is there enough of it and at enough depth to allow people to make informed choices?
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  • Is the information trustworthy?
  • Can you feel comfortable that the information is true?
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  • Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck
  • http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-28-2009/america--target-america
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  • Evaluating the discourse:
  • 1) Transparency: Does the audience accurately know who is speaking?
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  • Evaluating the discourse:
  • 1) Transparency: Does the audience accurately know who is speaking?
  • 2) Pluralism: Does the media environment provide an opportunity for diverse points of view – either in different messages equally accessible or within a single message?
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  • Evaluating the discourse:
  • 3) Verisimilitude – Do the sources of the messages take responsibility for the truth claims they make?
  • 4) Practice – Does the message encourage political participation by citizens?