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Week 1 Week 1 Presentation Transcript

  • Week 1 Welcome
  • Other section available Instructor: Ben Whisenant Room 270 BRMB (same time as this class)
  • Textbooks
  • You will be quizzed
  • Wall Street JournalRead by people who run the country
  • New York TimesRead by people who think they run the country
  • Washington PostRead by people who should run the country
  • USA TodayRead by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the Washington Post
  • Los Angeles TimesRead by people who wouldn’t mind running the country if they could spare the time... and if they didn’t have to leave LA to do it.
  • Boston GlobeRead by people whose parents used to run the country
  • New York Daily NewsRead by people who aren’t sure who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can get a seat on the train
  • New York Post Read by people who don’t care who’s running thecountry, either...as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated
  • San Francisco ChronicleRead by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.
  • Miami HeraldRead by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores
  • Purposes of journalism• Basic human need for news• Building community, conversation• Citizenship• Democracy• Witness• Give voice• Watchdog (keep powerful in check)
  • Does it matter?
  • Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman
  • Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman • 3 out of ten
  • Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman • 3 out of ten• How much of the country votes in a presidential election?
  • Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman • 3 out of ten• How much of the country votes in a presidential election? • Fewer than half
  • Lippmann vs Dewey• Lippmann = “pictures in their heads”• Citizens are like theatre-goers who “arrive in the middle of the third act and leave before the last curtain, staying just long enough to decide who is the hero and who is the villain.”• Dewey = efficient government not the goal, freedom is (democracy the means, not the end)
  • Threats to journalism• Government censorship• Government marginalization• Conglomeration• Commercialism
  • “With its vast and direct influence on public opinion, journalism cannot beguided only by economic forces, profit andspecial interest. It must instead be felt as a mission in a certain sense sacred, carried out in the knowledge that the powerful means of communication have been entrusted to you for the good of all.”
  • “With its vast and direct influence on public opinion, journalism cannot beguided only by economic forces, profit andspecial interest. It must instead be felt as a mission in a certain sense sacred, carried out in the knowledge that the powerful means of communication have been entrusted to you for the good of all.” Pope John Paul II
  • Modern challenges• Fragmented audiences• Disrupted economic model• Journalists no longer gatekeepers, but verifiers and sense-makers
  • Theory of the Interlocking Public• Involved public• Interested public• Uninterested public
  • The elements of journalism What news people should know and the public should expect
  • The elements of journalism* ! * Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, 2000 Crown Publishers
  • The elements of journalism*• The purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing. ! * Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, 2000 Crown Publishers
  • The elements of journalism*• The purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.• The journalists’ first obligation is to the truth. ! * Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, 2000 Crown Publishers
  • The elements of journalism*• The purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing.• The journalists’ first obligation is to the truth.• Journalists’ first loyalty is to citizens ! * Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, 2000 Crown Publishers
  • The elements of journalism
  • The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  • The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  • The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power.• Journalists must offer a voice to the voiceless.
  • The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power.• Journalists must offer a voice to the voiceless.• Journalism must provide a forum for public criticism and comment.
  • The elements of journalism
  • The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.
  • The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the significant relevant and interesting.
  • The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the significant relevant and interesting.• Journalists should keep the news in proportion and make it comprehensive.
  • The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the significant relevant and interesting.• Journalists should keep the news in proportion and make it comprehensive.• Journalists have an obligation to personal conscience.
  • Proper role of government We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them. — D&C 134:1
  • Proper role of government We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of sovereign. — D&C 134:3
  • Role of journalists
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”• Involve the public in the political process
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”• Involve the public in the political process• Create a civic dialogue – to build bridges
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”• Involve the public in the political process• Create a civic dialogue – to build bridges• Lift ethical standards
  • Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”• Involve the public in the political process• Create a civic dialogue – to build bridges• Lift ethical standards• Represent all of society
  • Mind of a journalistWhat’s a nice person like me doing in a place like this?
  • Why journalism?• Like to read, write, tell stories• Intense curiosity• Desire to contribute to society• Independent• Getting inside to find out things first• Generalist
  • Why now?• There is still a demand for journalism• Journalism needs you—help develop the future• Journalism will be better than ever
  • Mind of a journalist• What’s it like being a journalist?• What’s opinion got to do with it?• What’s ethical?• How do I balance journalism with my faith?• How do I balance journalism with celebrity?
  • Anatomy of a learning community• We are each responsible for our own learning• We learn by teaching and critiquing others
  • Your presentations• Four people per group• Approx. 45 minutes• Bring topic to life• Lead conversation• Videos, slides, handouts, object lessons, role-plays, etc.• Use BYU-appropriate material
  • Deliverables• Your PowerPoint file (SlideShare)• Links used in your presentation (emailed)• Digital copies of your handouts (Scribd)• Group self-evaluation (each member of group)
  • Peer review• Grade the class assignment related to your topic ✓Blog entries — and/or ✓Writing assignment• Five exam questions
  • What to blog about• Discussions in class (particularly after the presentations start)• Issues and topics raised by presentation groups• Assigned readings• Articles on the web
  • For next time...• Chapter 1, Elements of Journalism• Online reading assignment• Set up your blog and respond to email asking for your information• Post entry answering these questions: • What is journalism? • Who is a journalist?