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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...      ...
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 t...
New York Post Read by people who don’t care who’s running thecountry, either...as long as they do something really     sca...
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...
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 ...
Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their  congressman   • 3 out of ten• How much of the country votes in a ...
Lippmann vs Dewey• Lippmann = “pictures in their heads”• Citizens are like theatre-goers who “arrive in  the middle of the...
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 andspeci...
“With its vast and direct influence on   public opinion, journalism cannot beguided only by economic forces, profit andspeci...
Modern challenges• Fragmented audiences• Disrupted economic model• Journalists no longer gatekeepers, but  verifiers and se...
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 ...
The elements of journalism*• The purpose of journalism is to  provide citizens with the  information they need to be free ...
The elements of journalism*• The purpose of journalism is to  provide citizens with the  information they need to be free ...
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 a...
The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an  independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as a...
The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an  independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as a...
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 signifi...
The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a  discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the signifi...
The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a  discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the signifi...
Proper role of government We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men...
Proper role of government We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce th...
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 “secre...
Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental  activities• Uncover “secre...
Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental  activities• Uncover “secre...
Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental  activities• Uncover “secre...
Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental  activities• Uncover “secre...
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• Getti...
Why now?• There is still a demand for journalism• Journalism needs you—help develop the  future• Journalism will be better...
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 bal...
Anatomy of a learning     community• We are each responsible for our own  learning• We learn by teaching and critiquing ot...
Your presentations• Four people per group• Approx. 45 minutes• Bring topic to life• Lead conversation• Videos, slides, han...
Deliverables• Your PowerPoint file (SlideShare)• Links used in your presentation (emailed)• Digital copies of your handouts...
Peer review• Grade the class assignment related to your  topic  ✓Blog entries — and/or  ✓Writing assignment• Five exam que...
What to blog about• Discussions in class (particularly after the  presentations start)• Issues and topics raised by presen...
For next time...• Chapter 1, Elements of Journalism• Online reading assignment• Set up your blog and respond to email  ask...
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    1. 1. Week 1 Welcome
    2. 2. Other section available Instructor: Ben Whisenant Room 270 BRMB (same time as this class)
    3. 3. Textbooks
    4. 4. You will be quizzed
    5. 5. Wall Street JournalRead by people who run the country
    6. 6. New York TimesRead by people who think they run the country
    7. 7. Washington PostRead by people who should run the country
    8. 8. USA TodayRead by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t really understand the Washington Post
    9. 9. 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.
    10. 10. Boston GlobeRead by people whose parents used to run the country
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. San Francisco ChronicleRead by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.
    14. 14. Miami HeraldRead by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores
    15. 15. Purposes of journalism• Basic human need for news• Building community, conversation• Citizenship• Democracy• Witness• Give voice• Watchdog (keep powerful in check)
    16. 16. Does it matter?
    17. 17. Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman
    18. 18. Does it matter?• Number of Americans who can name their congressman • 3 out of ten
    19. 19. 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?
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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)
    22. 22. Threats to journalism• Government censorship• Government marginalization• Conglomeration• Commercialism
    23. 23. “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.”
    24. 24. “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
    25. 25. Modern challenges• Fragmented audiences• Disrupted economic model• Journalists no longer gatekeepers, but verifiers and sense-makers
    26. 26. Theory of the Interlocking Public• Involved public• Interested public• Uninterested public
    27. 27. The elements of journalism What news people should know and the public should expect
    28. 28. The elements of journalism* ! * Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, 2000 Crown Publishers
    29. 29. 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
    30. 30. 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
    31. 31. 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
    32. 32. The elements of journalism
    33. 33. The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.
    34. 34. The elements of journalism• Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover.• Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power.
    35. 35. 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.
    36. 36. 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.
    37. 37. The elements of journalism
    38. 38. The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.
    39. 39. The elements of journalism• The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification.• Journalists must make the significant relevant and interesting.
    40. 40. 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.
    41. 41. 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.
    42. 42. 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
    43. 43. 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
    44. 44. Role of journalists
    45. 45. Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism
    46. 46. Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities
    47. 47. Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”
    48. 48. Role of journalists• Constitutional journalism• Monitor local, state and national governmental activities• Uncover “secret combinations”• Involve the public in the political process
    49. 49. 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
    50. 50. 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
    51. 51. 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
    52. 52. Mind of a journalistWhat’s a nice person like me doing in a place like this?
    53. 53. Why journalism?• Like to read, write, tell stories• Intense curiosity• Desire to contribute to society• Independent• Getting inside to find out things first• Generalist
    54. 54. Why now?• There is still a demand for journalism• Journalism needs you—help develop the future• Journalism will be better than ever
    55. 55. 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?
    56. 56. Anatomy of a learning community• We are each responsible for our own learning• We learn by teaching and critiquing others
    57. 57. 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
    58. 58. Deliverables• Your PowerPoint file (SlideShare)• Links used in your presentation (emailed)• Digital copies of your handouts (Scribd)• Group self-evaluation (each member of group)
    59. 59. Peer review• Grade the class assignment related to your topic ✓Blog entries — and/or ✓Writing assignment• Five exam questions
    60. 60. 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
    61. 61. 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?
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