Hedda Hopper, b. 1885

    › Columnist for LA Times
    › Radio Show


    Louella Parsons, b. 1881

       Gossip colu...
Ryan Seacrest

    › E! News
    › Web site
    › Radio Show


    Perez Hilton

    › Web site w/blog
    › Radio Perez
Chelsea Lately, E!

 Best Week Ever, VH-1
 SNL, NBC
 MadTV, Fox
 The Soup, E!
     Poke fun at celebrities
     Hig...
Timeliness
 Did something happen recently or did we just

    learn about it?
    Impact
 Are many people affected or jus...
Dateline NBC series “To Catch a Predator” 2004-2008

    Adults from a group called Perverted Justice (paid

    $100,00...
NBC’s “To Catch a Predator”

    › Here’s a clip
    › Results:
       High ratings (viewership for NBC, MSNBC)
       ...
The Daily Show, Comedy Central

    › 1996-present
    › Is Jon Stewart the most trusted man in
      America?
    › Addr...
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Lecture for J1000 "Hot Topics in Journalism at Advertising." Looks at whether entertainment news is journalism.

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  1. 1. Hedda Hopper, b. 1885  › Columnist for LA Times › Radio Show Louella Parsons, b. 1881   Gossip columnist for Hearst  Radio show
  2. 2. Ryan Seacrest  › E! News › Web site › Radio Show Perez Hilton  › Web site w/blog › Radio Perez
  3. 3. Chelsea Lately, E!   Best Week Ever, VH-1  SNL, NBC  MadTV, Fox  The Soup, E!  Poke fun at celebrities  Highlight the ridiculous
  4. 4. Timeliness
 Did something happen recently or did we just  learn about it? Impact
 Are many people affected or just a few?  Proximity
 Did something happen close to home, or did it  involve people from here? Controversy
 Are people in disagreement about this?  Conflict
 Is there confrontation or violence involved?  Prominence
 Is a well-known person involved?  Currency
 Are people here talking about this?  Oddity
 Is what happened unusual? 
  5. 5. Dateline NBC series “To Catch a Predator” 2004-2008  Adults from a group called Perverted Justice (paid  $100,000) pose as children online to attract men trolling for sex. A meeting is arranged by telephone. The purported predator arrives at a house with hidden cameras. › With the videotape rolling, reporter Chris Hansen, enters › Depending on the visitor's response - some make excuses or invent other reasons for their presence, some walk out the door, some confess - Hansen might read from a printed log of online chat › the man is invited to leave, if he hasn't done so already. › As soon as he's outside the house, local law enforcement teams rush him, wrestle him to the ground and make the arrest.
  6. 6. NBC’s “To Catch a Predator”  › Here’s a clip › Results:  High ratings (viewership for NBC, MSNBC)  Few actual prosecutions of arrested men  NBC got sued and settled out of court, 2008  Ethical outrage from other news media  Dateline NBC returns to more varied and less controversial programming
  7. 7. The Daily Show, Comedy Central  › 1996-present › Is Jon Stewart the most trusted man in America? › Addresses real news by pointing to its silliness › Pew Research (2007)  16% of Americans said they regularly watched quot;The Daily Showquot; or quot;The Colbert Report.”  17% said they regularly watched Fox News' quot;The O'Reilly Factor,quot; and 14% watched PBS' quot;NewsHour with Jim Lehrerquot; regularly

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