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Why is journalism special?

Why is journalism special?

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School: University of Florida
Department: Mass Media Communication
Course: Mass Media and You
Professor: Darlena orlando
Term: Spring 2016
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Cost: 25
Name: Mass Media Week 13
Description: The Culture of Journalism
Uploaded: 04/11/2016
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Why is journalism special?



Mass Media Week 13

The Culture of Journalism

- Why is journalism special?

• Keeps democracy alive  

• Journalism is the only media enterprise that democracy absolutely requires—and  the only media practice and business  

- First Amendment

- Ethical issues to consider

• Anonymous sources

• Plagiarism

• Undercover reporting

• Freebies

• Paying for stories

• Taste/Offensive material

• Conflict of interest  

- Anonymous sources


Why not paying for stories?



If you want to learn more check out What are the specific tests for aluminum?

• It worked once with Watergate.  

• Why?

- Tells the readers where you got the information and why you think it;s relevant to  use Don't forget about the age old question of What is the conversion of an alkene to alkane?

• Why not?

- Undermines credibility

- Risky—anonymous sources can turn out to be wrong, which leaves the  newspaper slapping in the breeze  

- Plagiarism  

• Why not?

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- Complete breach of journalism ethics—could result in termination/firing - Internet = easier to do but easier to catch

• Why?

- Reporter can get a story they might not otherwise be able to get, uncovering  social injustice, corruption


Define plagiarism.



• Why not?

- Puts your news organization at risk of being sued; more importantly, it requires  lying  

- Freebies

• Why not?

- The giver may (and likely will) expect a quid pro quo—something in return for the  gift

- Even if not, the possibility compromises the journalist’s objectivity and credibility  - Paying for stories

• Why not? If you want to learn more check out What is the difference between a transfer payment & a tax expenditure?
If you want to learn more check out Who is the two important prime ministers alternated power?

- Opens door to influence, corruption, threat of exaggeration and deception - Leaves smaller news outlets that can’t pay at a disadvantage

- It’s just wrong

- Offensive content

• Distasteful or shocking material

• Advance warning of explicit or disturbing content  

• Offensive words may be partially obscured or bleeped

• Potentially offensive image may be blurred or narrowly cropped

• Description may be substituted for pictures

- Conflict of interest

• Happens when the reporter has a connection to the story subject, source or angle  that influences how they write it

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- Money

- Activity

- Belief

- News judgement

• Who decided that was a story? If you want to learn more check out How did economic dissatisfaction contribute to the cold war’s end?
If you want to learn more check out How much money do women make for every dollar a man makes?

- Conflict  

- Impact  

- Prominence  

- Proximity

- Timeliness

- Oddity  

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Guest Speaker: Managing Editor of Science Friday  

- Radio show 2-4 p.m. every Friday

- Nominated for best science website  

- Science Journalism

- Pacific Journalists Hold Scientists Accountable

• Ethics in science journalism

Rick Scott Video Experience  

- Ethics matter

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