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SMAD 101, Week 6 Notes

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These notes go over the lectures for week six.
Intro to media arts and design
George Johnson
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Date Created: 10/08/16
DAY 16: News Services ● Associated Press (AP) ○ Created in 1848 as a cooperative effort to reduce telegraph costs. ● United Press International (UPI) ○ Merging of United Press and International News Services in 1958. ● Mutual Syndication ○ Agreement to share information from different regional/international newspapers (L.A. Times and Washington Post) ● Individual Syndication ○ New York Times provides info to other papers ○ Paid according to circulation size. Syndicates ● Feature Syndicates ○ Untimely ○ Human interest, advice, humor, columns ● Hundreds of syndicates ○ Largest of which include Newspaper Enterprise Association and King Features Syndicate. ● Syndicates are paid according to circulation sizes. Circulation is measures by the ABC, or Audit Bureau of Circulation (which was often under investigation for corruption). Visual Entertainment ● Society has become more visually oriented ○ USA Today was the first to change its design to be more like its TV counterpart than a newspaper. ○ More use of color images- larger, brighter, colors, etc. ● Created a sense of “Visual Literacy” (color association) ● Creates a visual culture ○ Visual Literacy ■ Iconic Images ■ Visual windows and framing ■ Affecting the audience with the visual image- equivalence of showing and telling of information. ■ Manufactured realities- composite images. ■ Framed Realities, “The Decisive Moment”- Henri Cartier-Bresson, father of modern 35 mm photojournalism. ○ Sexuality as a subject of photojournalism. ■ “Weinergate”, Governor was charged because of sexting to minors. ■ Sexting to or with a fellow minor counts as the reception of child pornography and/or sexual harassment. ○ When you take a camera, which captures more than a human eye can, and add to it the digital impact of internet exposure. ● Changes brought about by “new journalism” ○ Creation of 24/7 news cycle ○ No down time , especially for cable casters, (dead air problem). ○ Ted Turner suggests problem is with embedded journalism- sources and journalists have closer relations and stories are affected. ● Editorial and Publication News Cycle ○ Five W’s (Where, What, Why, When, Who) and H (How) are practiced. ○ Less time to edit or review stories. ● Consolidationa process whereby progressively fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media. ● Fragmentation- when rumors, opinions, and gossip change a story. ● Polarization- opinions being able to completely change the tone of a story. Alternative Forms of New Journalism​- ● Blogging ○ The Drudge Report ○ Huffington Post ○ Expanded diverse writers- ​NY Times​ versus a blogger- redefines what a publisher is. ● News aggregate site. ○ The Drudge Report was the first publication to report on the Monica Lewinsky Scandal. ○ Andre Brubart aggregate news site. ● Hyperlocal news site ○ Citizen Journalism (nonprofessional untrained journalist, who wants states and shares information via the internet.) ○ Focus on local issues- as small as neighborhoods or geographic areas ○ Often complements any existing traditional media. ○ Often gives minority groups a voice in local issues. Present And Future ● Advances in technology make a better newspaper ○ Printing technology ■ Ink, color, paper, speed ○ Information technology ■ Electronic, newsrooms, desktop publishing, electronic databases. ○ Delivering Technology ■ Satellite interfaces replacing airwave transfer of information. ● Backpack Journalism ○ One person news team ○ Use of BGAN satellite terminals for coverage worldwide ○ Risky ● Ethical Issues (SPJ, ASNE, RTNDA) ○ Lack of training for the SPJ ○ Truth Privacy, confidentiality, conflict of interest, social responsibility to the public. DAY 17: MAGAZINES ● Originally centered towards broad general audiences but there was an eventual segmentation. For example, the multitude of national magazines became selections of niche magazines. ● Proliferation (in media)- when several magazines are directed at the same industry are competing. ● Consumer magazine- Magazines suited towards consumers (common man/woman) ● Trade Magazines- Magazines suited to people in a certain trade/industry. ● Magazines are hard to make money from. ● The two sources of magazine income are ad revenue (primary) and sales via circulation. ● The cost of publication is decreasing Quintessential Niche Magazines- ● 1923- Time Magazine was first published by Harry Lewis and was made for short summarized articles of news. ● Ebony Magazine- Black interest magazine founded by John H. Johnson ● In 1960, “Cosmopolitan” changed to become a “New world women” magazine. ● Sports Illustrated- Breaks formula of niche magazines by reporting on something otherwise accessible by the common man. Something that an interested reader could get elsewhere. ● People- Focus on the people, famous people, but people. This tactic was called “Personality Journalism.” DAY 18: 1990’s- magazines either moving online or try to compete with online or digital media. ➢ Now indirect correlation, bigger physical presence. Magazine- ​comes from the french term for “Store house”. We use it because magazines were used as storehouses of information. Early Development- ● 1741: First American Magazines ○ Benjamin Franklin’s “General Magazine” ○ Bradford's “American Weekly Magazine” ● Early 19th Century ○ Saturday Evening Post- directed itself to a more female friendly audience. ○ Harper’s Magazine ○ Atlantic Monthly ● Difficult Venture ○ Low literacy rate, lack of advertising, poor distribution. Golden Age- From 200 magazines to 1800 ● Significant factors contributing to the golden age ○ Transcontinental Railway provided cheap and accessible transportation of both publications and news. ○ Postal Act of 1792 made it cheaper to send magazines over postal services. ○ Better Technology (linotype and steam powered printing press) ○ Tapping into advertising ● Magazines begin to narrowcast (becoming niche market/specialized magazines) ○ Cosmopolitan was not only a “Woman’s Interest” magazine but the first to become national. ○ Other Women’s interest magazines: Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s The Muckrakers ● Trying to fill the role of people’s champion ● Magazine’s were important to the media for industrial “exposé” ○ McClure’s, Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s all helped produce sexual reforms. ○ Pure Food and Drug Act was passed in part because of magazine expsosés on the food and drug industries. ○ Fair trade Practitioners ○ Truth and Advertising. ● Henry B. Luce- Behind Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated. BIG COMPETITION ● Technological improvements make magazines more attractive ○ Better color reproduction and higher quality paper ○ Bolder graphics ○ Better photojournalism ● Covergirl to help sales. ● Radio isn't much of a competition because they don't offer visuals. 3 Magazine types developed during this time 1. “Digest”- Ex. Reader’s Digest. 2. “News Weeklies”- Weekly editorials about national/global news 3. “Pictorial Magazines”- image focused Competing with TV ● Development of TV hurts magazine industry ● People still buying magazines ○ “Look” and “Life” Magazine had more than 6 million subscribers when they folded and went digital. ● Advertisers prefered TV ○ TV was about same cost to produce, more dynamic medium, and had a greater reach than magazines. ● Magazines began subscription wars which hurt more than helped. Selective binding helps revival. Major Trends 1. Slight Growth in Magazine industry 2. Conglomerate Ownership is a rule not an exception 3. Single copy sales are decreasing 4. Magazines continue to specialize 5. Magazines going online. Magazine Genres (and Examples) ● News Magazines (Time Magazine) ● General Interest (People Magazine) ● Geographic (Cairo Magazine) ● Demographic (Ladies Home Journal) ● Lifestyle (GQ) ● Special Interest (Guns and Ammo) ● Trade and Professional (Broadcast Magazine) ● Elite Magazines (New Yorker) MANY MAGAZINES ARE COMBINATIONS OF THESE GENRES


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