Real v.fakenews(2)

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Real v.fakenews(2)

  1. 1. Real v. Fake News Principles of Journalism Professor Neil Foote
  2. 2. Public Journalism - Revisited  Joseph Faina: “Public Journalism is a joke: The case for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert”  Davis Merrit (Public Journalism and Public Life: 1998)  More than just telling the news  More than Objectivity  Traditional news today: Ineffective for engaging the public 2
  3. 3. Journalism a key player in democracy Information dissemination Accountability Representation Deliberation Conflict resolution
  4. 4. Public Journalism: ‘Neo-Modern Paradigm’ 4
  5. 5. Investigates Creates conversation Informs Journalism Encourages accountability Generates social empathy
  6. 6. ‘Public Journalism’  Acknowledge public’s ability to act  Acknowledge the role of self-governance  Role of journalism in promoting ‘foment and agitation’  Today, cable discussions turn into shouting matches  Public turned off by the ‘winners’ v. ‘losers’ 6
  7. 7. So what should journalists do? 1. Focus on consequences a) Beyond just who to vote for, which ‘side’ of issue to support 2. Focus on real problem of issue a) More than the ‘horse race’ or ‘political gamesmanship’ b) Uncover the overarching themes 7
  8. 8. So what should journalists do? 3. Frame issues on whom they affect the most – implications on the community 8
  9. 9. Stewart v. Colbert Comedians or Journalists? Satirists v. Pundits Facts v. Opinion Context v. Regurgitation Analysis v. Chronicling 9
  10. 10. Most Trusted Person in Journalism? 10
  11. 11. Humor, Parody, Satire Humor: ‘Analytical, critical, and rational’ Parody: Mimicry and imitation Satire: ‘Most overtly political genre’ – scrutinize public behavior 11
  12. 12. How ‘Political Satire’ Impacts Us  How we talk about these series issues  Viewers of The Daily Show and Colbert Report better engaged  Bridging the gap between news, politics and journalists  Humor unites – or divides groups  If you don’t like the joke, go elsewhere to find the facts 12
  13. 13. Ted Koppel “They don’t pretend to be journalists…They are doing a better job than the real journalists.” ---Ted Koppel, created ABC’s Nightline/veteran journalist 13
  14. 14. On the other side: “Journalists have a really inconvenient thing they’ve got to go through: a process of trying to [the story] right. … I don’t think journalists should try to get more hip. Journalists have to learn the one lesson which is important, which is to try to get it right.” - Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. 14
  15. 15. What about these sites?  Fark: http://fark.com TheOnion: http://theonion.com FactCheck.org: http://factcheck.org 15
  16. 16. The Risks False information Opinionated Confusing Mean-spirited Out of Context  “Trivialization” Misleading 16
  17. 17. Journalists must: Be obligated to the truth Be obligated to accuracy  Be balanced Be transparent Be independent Hold a forum for public discussion 17
  18. 18. Discuss within your groups Do the Daily Show and The Colbert Report help/hurt journalism? Explain drawing off the core elements of journalism we’ve discussed to date. 18

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