Sunday, September 29, 2013

Discussion Blur Chapters 8, 9

Multiple times throughout chapter 8, readers are informed that we tend to look for the most "interesting" news. We consume news by "wonder[ing] how much it matters." and by "topic and story". What factors do you think that we, as readers, take into consideration upon deciding what's important enough to earn our time and attention? 

This, then, begs another question: Is it "wrong" of news media to focus solely on what they believe is important and what they believe will capture an audience? Is this catering to the public too much? 

Later on in chapter 8, we are introduced to methodology: "your own tradecraft, to identify those who consistently do exceptional work." We are encouraged to look for telltale signs that journalists are reliable sources. However, this is yet again a time-consuming way of gathering news. Given that we live in such an efficient-focused society, what do you think is the "best" methodology? Can you relate to putting any of them into practice, yourself? Furthermore, what do you think the logistics of solely having "certified journalists" are?

***Food for thought: paradoxically, we, as a society, try and make our lives so quick and easy, yet getting accurate news seems to be anything but quick and easy. With so much liberty in news-telling and multiple mediums, have we done ourselves a disservice? 

In chapter 9, we are asked what the role of a journalist is. Over and over again, I was struck by the evolution of journalism. We "graze" rather than look at the news all at once... We are driven to consume news based off of our curiosities. As such, Kovach and Rosenstiel suggest that journalism become "a public dialogue, with the journalist informing and helping facilitate the discussion." 

Journalism is "becoming more complex." The future of journalism is focusing on becoming publicly engaging. I was fascinated by this idea! How engaging do you think it will be? How will the evolution of technology aid in the evolution of journalism? (i.e. video chats with news reporters, etc.)

*** "Knowledge page": "running account of everything a news organization knows on a subject, it would be built on rather than replaced."

Lastly, I'd like to leave you with one last question: Is it possible to stress the importance of maintaining values, yet still managing to advance journalism forward? 

GREAT QUOTE: "Dialogue rises or falls on whether the discussion is based on propaganda and deceit or on facts an verification pursued with a mind willing to learn." 

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