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week 3 info gathering
Information Gathering
Dr. Barry Hollander
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Shaquira speaks on Tuesday September 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to JOUR 3090 at University of Georgia taught by Dr. Barry Hollander in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Information Gathering in Journalism Core at University of Georgia.


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Date Created: 09/27/16
Public Records (8/23)  Make sure you know the laws for that specific state, you don’t always have to pay  Build a rapport. o Some people will give you the tips on the subject o Also: no such thing as an anonymous source  Anonymous means nobody knows who it is but YOU know  Use “confidential” source  Nothing beats having the documents o Makes story bulletproof  Don’t discard a story because it seems small on the surface o KTSV deed story o Started with a tip  You can find a story idea looking at open records requests o Hollander looks up parking tickets requests every year  Examples of good starting points for stories o Alcohol sales for downtown since the new law implemented o Housing contracts/leases for Athens since gentrification o Citations for smokers on campus  Anniversary of this Ethics (8/25)  You can go on air/print and give the name of a victim of rape or sexual assault, there’s no law against it o However, it is unethical SPJ Code of Ethics  Seek the truth and report it  Act independently o Don’t be a part of an organization, and do a story on them o Deny favor treatment to advertisers, donors  Be accountable and transparent  Minimize harm The code of ethics is more of a guideline Follow your jobs code of ethics, if you don’t, you will be fired Promising Confidentiality  Never make a lot of promises  All you can say is I’ll try and work it out  Any promise you make is legally binding o The digital media law o A person sued a journalist because he promised to maintain his confidentiality in a story and didn’t. He won. Always ask “why someone is telling you something” You want to be as clear and transparent as possible It’s not okay to plagiarize but it is okay to steal ideas Only okay to do anniversary stories as long as it’s not a tragedy to someone else Part of minimizing harm UGA professor shoots and kills wife and lover; not okay to do a story because it hurts the kids Journalist are not objective, it’s the journalist process that makes it objective Libel… Slander  Defamation o Did it damage a reputatiord o Was it published to a 3 person? o Is the plaintiff identified? o Is there fault?  Slander o If they are spoken words,  Libel o If the words were written (or broadcast) then…  Beware the “conduit” fallacy, that you’re merely quoting what someone said and are therefore protected.  you’re not! o There are defenses to libel and slander  Truth – is considered an absolute definite  Opinion – under the Fair Comment category  Reaction – is a defense to mitigate damages o Public officials in their official capacity enjoy absolute privilege in their office o Journalist enjoy qualified privilege if they provide a fair/accurate report of an official proceeding  Public figures/officials o The notion of “actual malice” – (reckless disregard of whether true or false)  A state of mind of a reporter and whether they published while knowing there was a good chance it was all false o Private individuals  Private individuals still must show some degree of fault, but a lower standard, one of negligence and less care than a reasonable journalist should


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