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Mass Media Week 13

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Mass Media Week 13 MMC2604


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The Culture of Journalism
Mass Media and You
Darlena Cunha and Steve Orlando
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jocelyn on Sunday April 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MMC2604 at University of Florida taught by Darlena Cunha and Steve Orlando in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 39 views. For similar materials see Mass Media and You in Communication at University of Florida.

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Date Created: 04/10/16
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 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 • It worked once with Watergate. • Why? - Tells the readers where you got the information and why you think it;s relevant to use • Why not? - Undermines credibility - Risky—anonymous sources can turn out to be wrong, which leaves the newspaper slapping in the breeze - Plagiarism • Why not? 1 Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 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 • 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? - 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 2 Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Money - Activity - Belief - News judgement • Who decided that was a story? - Conflict - Impact - Prominence - Proximity - Timeliness - Oddity 3 Tuesday, April 5, 2016 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 4


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