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Journalism Notes Week 3

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Journalism Notes Week 3 JOUR 1000-1003

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These are the notes for journalism 1000-3002 taken for week 3. Any questions please contact me
Prof. Kelly Taylor
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Annika Thomas on Tuesday October 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to JOUR 1000-1003 at Bowling Green State University taught by Prof. Kelly Taylor in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Journalism in Journalism and Mass Communications at Bowling Green State University.

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Date Created: 10/04/16
9/19/16 Understanding the News • People • Have a sense of who your audience is • Interest and importance Factors that influence what becomes news and where and how prominently the news will be played are known asNEWS VALUES • Timeliness • Impact • Currency (is the story still current) • Conflict (Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Self) • Novelty/Emotion (unusualness, human interest) • Prominence (big names make big news) • Proximity (how close the news story is to you) 9/21/16 Struggle between public service and profit Colonial Newspapers and the Partisan Press • Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic by Benjamin Harris in 1690, banned after issue 1 • Boston News-Letter, 1704, was first regularly published • New England Courant, published by James Franklin • Pennsylvania Gazette, by Benjamin Franklin • New-York Weekly Journal, John Peter Zenger (first arrested for seditious libel) Penny Press • New York Sun: first non-subscription paper; sold on the street by “newsies” for 1 penny • Was like supermarket tabloid with fabricated stories • Penny papers favored human-interest stories Changing Economics and Wire Services • Partisan papers took moral stances and would not run certain advertisements • Penny papers were neutral toward advertisers and printed virtually any ad • In 1848, six NY newspapers founded the associated press, the first major wire service • Wire services relayed stories around the country Yellow Journalism • The age of sensationalism and investigation • Yellow journalism: profitable papers that emphasized exciting human-interest stories, overly dramatic crime news, large headlines and readable copy investigations • War between Joseph Pulitzer’s New York world and William Randolph Hearst’s New York journal Two types of journalism emerged 1. Story-driven journalism a. Dramatizing important events b. Used by penny papers and yellow journalists 2. “Just the Facts” a. Appeared more important “Just the Facts” objective journalism • Distinguish factual reports from opinion columns • Maintain neutral attitude toward issues/events covered • Search out competing points of view • Package stories using inverted pyramid -Begin with the most newsworthy information -Work down toward least important information in case it got cut of - Tends to homogenize the news and keeps readers from following the “jump” Interpretive Journalism • Realization that American people had no understanding of the foreign scene to understand why WWI broke out • Interpretive journalism aims to explain key issues and place them in context • Boundary between information and interpretation can be ambiguous so conventions to signal to reader • Political columns developed • Started broadcast news vs. newspapers Journalism as an Art Form • Literary journalism arises in late 1960s as people were criticizing major social institutions • Used fictional techniques in non-fiction stories Rethinking Conventional Journalism • Other alternative techniques to promote substantial debates on serious topics • Advocacy journalism reporter actively promotes a particular cause or viewpoint Online and Digital • 1980 Columbus Dispatch first • 1990s more robust websites • Today, multimedia experience


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