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    • Today: Politics and Celebrities.
    • Is this an issue facing journalism?
    • How do you know?
      • Is it legal?
    • How do you know?
      • Is it legal?
      • Is it newsworthy?
      • • Relevance?
      • • Conflict/ controversy/ disaster?
      • • Human interest?
      • • Unusualness?
      • • Impact?
      • • Proximity?
      • • Prominence?
      • • Timeliness?
    • How do you know?
      • Is it legal?
      • Is it newsworthy?
      • • Relevance?
      • • Conflict/ controversy/ disaster?
      • • Human interest?
      • • Unusualness?
      • • Impact?
      • • Proximity?
      • • Prominence?
      • • Timeliness?
      • Did the journalists follow the principles of journalism?
    • Principles of Journalism?
      • Is it true? Has it been verified?
      • Is it helping citizens? Are the citizens involved?
      • Is it independent? Are they monitoring power?
      • Is it comprehensive?
      • Are they creating a public forum?
      • Did they make the significant interesting?
      • Did they have a conscience?
    • Was the talk about the bow a distraction from what happened on the Asian tour?
    • Was the talk about the bow a distraction from what happened on the Asian tour?
      • President Obama said he would visit the sites where the atomic bombs were dropped.
      • America owes China $800 billion. China is the largest single holder of American debt.
      • Obama condemned the Burmese junta and called for Democracy in Myanmar.
    • Does it matter?
    • The Fourth Estate.
    • The Fourth Estate. Executive. Legislative. Judicial.
    • The Fourth Estate. Executive. Legislative. Judicial. Journalists.
    • Agenda setting.
    • Agenda setting. The media don’t tell people what to think. They tell them what to think about .
    • Agenda setting.
    • The president of the United States was meeting with leaders in China, the United States’ largest financial backer.
    • Agenda setting.
    • Framing : The media don’t tell people what to think. But they do shape how people see issues .
    • Framing : shaping how the audience sees reality.
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    • Stonewalling : avoiding questions.
    • Media coverage tends to focus on leaders . Audiences like to attach a face to the news - good or bad, so the leaders often get face time.
    • Other media obsessions:
      • Conflict : Why? Conflict is change, and therefore newsworthy. Also, covering conflict is easier - reacting is easier than being pro-active.
      • Scandals : sex sells (or so they think).
      • Horse races : campaign polls.
      • Brevity : short stories. Why? The belief is that we all have ADD.
    • What does it mean to be a political reporter?
      • Just like sports reporters are assigned to teams, political writers have a beat .
      • Anything that happens on your beat is your responsibility to cover.
      • Attend press conferences , meet with sources (in government and out), search through documents, etc.
      • Often, political writers are assigned to local, state or federal beats.
    • The best political reporters …
      • Are non-partisan , and they strive for objectivity.
      • Are informed about the constituency served by the government they cover.
      • Are informed about the history of their beat.
      • Know how to get information … from people, databases, books, everywhere.
      • Are skeptical but not cynical or jaded.
    • Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
    • Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
      • • What do you know about her?
    • Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
      • • What do you know about her?
      • • What is your impression of her?
    • Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
      • • What do you know about her?
      • • What is your impression of her?
      • • Do you see the agenda setting and framing?
    • Is Sarah Palin a politician or celebrity?
    • Is Sarah Palin a politician or celebrity?
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    • Politicians are a part of our popular culture . Appearing on non-political programs humanizes politicians.
    • It works the other way around, too.
    • Our celebrities have turned their notoriety into political power.
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    • Who will be next?
    • Who will be next?
    • Who will be next?
    • What is a celebrity ?
      • • Daniel Boorstin ( The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America , 1961) defined the celebrity as a “ person who is known for his [or her] well-knownness .”
      • • The world of celebrity is one of publicity .
      • • Recently, publicity is neither good nor bad, but always beneficial for celebrity status.
    • Why do we love celebrities?
      • • Fans connect to celebrities because they are ordinary.
    • Why do we love celebrities?
      • • Fans connect to celebrities because they are ordinary.
      • • Celebrities represent parts of us, both what we want and what we don’t want.
    • Why do we love celebrities?
      • • Fans connect to celebrities because they are ordinary.
      • • Celebrities represent parts of us, both what we want and what we don’t want.
      • Journalists play a special role. In reporting, we create characters, and we also create access to personality for fans.
    • Who qualifies as a celebrity?
      • Royalty, and anyone of power (i.e. politicians).
      • The elite.
      • Athletes, actors, musicians … anyone earning a living in the public spotlight.
      • Media personalities.
    • Do we celebrate intelligence?
    • We do celebrate our reality stars.
      • What does that say about us as a society?
    • Are celebrities newsworthy?
    • Are celebrities newsworthy?
      • The Associated Press launched Celebrity Extra on August 6, 2008.
    • Nick Ut photographed Paris Hilton after her sentencing exactly 35 years after photographing the children running from a napalm attack in Vietnam.
    • Did Nick Ut sell out?
    • Are celebrities a distraction?
    • How do you decide what is news and what is distraction?
    • Newsworthiness criteria and the principles of journalism.
    • Some people want that information.
    • Some people want that information. That qualifies it for coverage. We just need to be sure that the audience has a marketplace of ideas .
    • Journalism is a business . Celebrities are our greatest common denominator.
    • Enjoy the weekend. On Tuesday: photojournalist Eugene Kane.