Homework Discussion. Make 3 groups. 1.. Make list of topics from the headlines you collected, as well as todays newscast http://tagcrowd.com . Elect a group member to come put it into the tag cloud. We Discuss what we notice about the topics.
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1.. Make list of topics from the headlines you collected, as well as todays newscast http://tagcrowd.com. Elect a group member to come put it into the tag cloud. We Discuss what we notice about the topics.
Film: Bill Moyers’ “Buying the War.”
Understanding differences in news value, including institutional differences
4. ELITE PLACES
All definitions adapted from Media Research Council (http://mediaresearchhub.ssrc.org/icdc-content-folder/news-values/)
By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ and J. DAVID GOODMAN (New York Times Online 24 Jan 2011)
MOSCOW — An explosion rocked an international terminal of Moscow’s busiest airport on Monday afternoon in what Russian officials described as an apparent terrorist attack. The Health Ministry reported that at least 30 people had been killed and 130 injured, according to Russian state media.
Russian news agencies, citing witnesses, said the airport’s halls were filled with so much smoke that it was difficult to count the dead. A video posted online showed bodies and luggage strewn across the smooth airport floor, barely visible under the clouds of thick smoke.
The blast occurred in the arrivals hall of Domodedovo airport, according to a spokeswoman. Investigators said the explosion occurred at 4:32 p.m. local time.
Sergei Lavochkin, who was at the airport meeting a friend, said he was 100 feet away when the bomb detonated. “I heard a loud bang, and some tiles fell from the ceiling,”
Mr. Lavochkin told Rossiya-24, a cable news service. “I saw carts, the ones you use to move luggage. They were transporting people on them.”
An eyewitness who gave his name as Yuri said the intense blast sent roughly 200 people scrambling for safety.
Multiple sources, each one attributed. Emphasis on eyewitness accounts. Unemotional tone.
With all its technical advantages, "objectivity" contradicted the essentially subjective nature of journalism. Every basic step in the journalistic process involves a value-laden decision: Which of the infinite number of events in the environment will be assigned for coverage and which ignored? Which of the infinite observations confronting the reporter will be noted? Which of the facts noted will be included in the story? Which of the reported events will become the first paragraph? Which story will be prominently displayed on page 1 and which buried inside or discarded? None of these is a truly objective decision. But the disciplinary techniques of "objectivity" have the false aura of a science, and this has given almost a century of American journalism an illusion of unassailable correctness.
• What has been different about much of the reporting, particularly on TV, has been that the emotional attachment between reporter and victim has been obvious. Gone is the professional, some might say artificial, detachment…. Now, for the first time, media professionals are starting to tell us how they feel about some stories. And it will probably make them better journalists. [Chris Cramer (former managing director of CNN International, TheAustralian’sMedia section on January 27, 2005]
Journalists who don’t claim to be objective also risk having preconceived notions, according to Hilsum:"If you are a good journalist, you are prepared for your views to be assaulted...and should not have a political view which blinds you. You should be open to finding out you're wrong.“
Lindsey Hilsum, qtd. In Frontline Club, “http://frontlineclub.com/blogs/theforum/2010/05/lindsey-hilsum.html”
This would fit with Judith Lichtinberg (whom you maybe read). Objectivity is something to aim for: “objectivity requires that reporters not let their preconceptions could their vision. It does not mean they see nothing, or that their findings may not be significant and controversial.” (252)
“you should not have a political view that binds you…” Coverage in US media of run up to Iraq…