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  • 1. Today: Politics and Celebrities.
  • 2. Is this an issue facing journalism?
  • 3. How do you know?
    • Is it legal?
  • 4. How do you know?
    • Is it legal?
    • Is it newsworthy?
    • • Relevance?
    • • Conflict/ controversy/ disaster?
    • • Human interest?
    • • Unusualness?
    • • Impact?
    • • Proximity?
    • • Prominence?
    • • Timeliness?
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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?
  • 7. Was the talk about the bow a distraction from what happened on the Asian tour?
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Does it matter?
  • 10. The Fourth Estate.
  • 11. The Fourth Estate. Executive. Legislative. Judicial.
  • 12. The Fourth Estate. Executive. Legislative. Judicial. Journalists.
  • 13. Agenda setting.
  • 14. Agenda setting. The media don’t tell people what to think. They tell them what to think about .
  • 15. Agenda setting.
  • 16. The president of the United States was meeting with leaders in China, the United States’ largest financial backer.
  • 17. Agenda setting.
  • 18. Framing : The media don’t tell people what to think. But they do shape how people see issues .
  • 19. Framing : shaping how the audience sees reality.
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  • 21. Stonewalling : avoiding questions.
  • 22. 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.
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. 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.
  • 26. Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
  • 27. Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
    • • What do you know about her?
  • 28. Has Sarah Palin been treated fairly by the media?
    • • What do you know about her?
    • • What is your impression of her?
  • 29. 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?
  • 30. Is Sarah Palin a politician or celebrity?
  • 31. Is Sarah Palin a politician or celebrity?
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  • 37. Politicians are a part of our popular culture . Appearing on non-political programs humanizes politicians.
  • 38. It works the other way around, too.
  • 39. Our celebrities have turned their notoriety into political power.
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  • 46. Who will be next?
  • 47. Who will be next?
  • 48. Who will be next?
  • 49. 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.
  • 50. Why do we love celebrities?
    • • Fans connect to celebrities because they are ordinary.
  • 51. 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.
  • 52. 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.
  • 53. 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.
  • 54. Do we celebrate intelligence?
  • 55. We do celebrate our reality stars.
    • What does that say about us as a society?
  • 56. Are celebrities newsworthy?
  • 57. Are celebrities newsworthy?
    • The Associated Press launched Celebrity Extra on August 6, 2008.
  • 58. Nick Ut photographed Paris Hilton after her sentencing exactly 35 years after photographing the children running from a napalm attack in Vietnam.
  • 59. Did Nick Ut sell out?
  • 60. Are celebrities a distraction?
  • 61. How do you decide what is news and what is distraction?
  • 62. Newsworthiness criteria and the principles of journalism.
  • 63. Some people want that information.
  • 64. Some people want that information. That qualifies it for coverage. We just need to be sure that the audience has a marketplace of ideas .
  • 65. Journalism is a business . Celebrities are our greatest common denominator.
  • 66. Enjoy the weekend. On Tuesday: photojournalist Eugene Kane.