The Purpose of Journalism

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Lecture for Kovach and Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism, Chap. 1

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The Purpose of Journalism

  1. 1. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism The Purpose of Journalism And Why Its Future Is at RiskB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  2. 2. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism What is journalism for?B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  3. 3. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism What is journalism for? “The primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.”B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  4. 4. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism What is government for?B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  5. 5. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism What is government for? “The primary purpose of government is _______ ___________________________________.”B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  6. 6. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism“Two constitutional principles haveclashed: the government’s view ofnational security and the newspapers’view of their freedom to print.” Eric Sevareid, CBS News June 30, 1971B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  7. 7. http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE0OTY4NjMwNDM
  8. 8. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Journalism is so fundamental to the concept of creating community and democracy that…B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  9. 9. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalismB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  10. 10. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism …a free press was among the first rights the Founding Fathers of this country felt it necessary to secure in the Bill of Rights.B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  11. 11. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalismB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  12. 12. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism 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.B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  13. 13. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Journalism is so fundamental to the concept of creating community and democracy that…B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  14. 14. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalismB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  15. 15. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism …societies that want to suppress freedom must first suppress the press.B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  16. 16. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism …societies that want to suppress freedom must first suppress the press. Recent Examples?B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  17. 17. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism TodayB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  18. 18. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •InternetB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  19. 19. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •Internet •Shifts in reader/consumer behaviorsB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  20. 20. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •Internet •Shifts in reader/consumer behaviors •GovernmentB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  21. 21. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •Internet •Shifts in reader/consumer behaviors •Government •Self-destructive behaviors and attitudesB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  22. 22. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •Internet •Shifts in reader/consumer behaviors •Government •Self-destructive behaviors and attitudes •Corporate conglomerationsB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  23. 23. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats to Journalism Today •Internet •Shifts in reader/consumer behaviors •Government •Self-destructive behaviors and attitudes •Corporate conglomerations •GlobalizationB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  24. 24. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats from the InternetB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  25. 25. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats from the Internet •BlogsB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  26. 26. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats from the Internet •Blogs •Citizen journalismB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  27. 27. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats from the Internet •Blogs •Citizen journalism •Movement of advertising away from traditional mediaB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  28. 28. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Threats from the Internet •Blogs •Citizen journalism •Movement of advertising away from traditional media •News aggregatorsB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  29. 29. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Self-destructive Behaviors and AttitudesB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  30. 30. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Self-destructive Behaviors and Attitudes •Plagiarism, betraying public trustB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  31. 31. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Self-destructive Behaviors and Attitudes •Plagiarism, betraying public trust •Responding to business pressures by appealing lowest common denominatorB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  32. 32. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism Self-destructive Behaviors and Attitudes •Plagiarism, betraying public trust •Responding to business pressures by appealing lowest common denominator •Arrogance about journalism’s gatekeeper roleB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  33. 33. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism The Theory of the Interlocking PublicB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  34. 34. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism The Theory of the Interlocking Public InvolvedB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  35. 35. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism The Theory of the Interlocking Public Involved InterestedB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  36. 36. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism The Theory of the Interlocking Public Involved Interested UninterestedB RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR
  37. 37. cm 1 35  an introduction to journalism What will we do if newspaper go under? How will our news change? http://idorosen.com/mirrors/robinsloan.com/epic/B RUCE C LARY I NSTRUCTOR

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