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J1100 The Knowledge Problem

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Principles of American Journalism
Marina Hendricks
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kathryn Hardison on Sunday February 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 1100 at University of Missouri - Columbia taught by Marina Hendricks in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Principles of American Journalism in Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Missouri - Columbia.

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Date Created: 02/28/16
J1100­ The Knowledge Problem  Journalistic Truth o How do we provide the truth?  The sorting­out of information  Clear out misinformation and bias, then let communication react  Conversation  o What’s missing?  Complexity and context  This ends with a narrow conception of the truth  The Inverted Pyramid o News is transmitted in order of importance  Most important information (5 W’s and H)  Supporting details (quotes)  Background details  General details  Least important o Pros  Recognize structure for audience and journalists  Routine practice  Boosts news judgment  Pushes journalist to write well  Good leads and nut grafs o Cons  Medium­centric  Works best in print  Dated  So many ways to tell stories now  Front­loads information  Superficial o Lack of complexity  Lippmann   Journalism doesn’t work with complexity  We have problems making a small vocab express a complex world  Journalists have too many judgments to make in too little time  (Patterson)  Flashes of insight, questionable assertion  Journalists’ Challenge o Lack of foundation of disciplinary, systematic knowledge  Examples: law and medicine o Journalists need one more tool:  Knowledge  Lack of Knowledge o Drawbacks  Autonomy is less than being protected  Judgment is less than being informed  Facts are communicated by others  Public officials o Consistent, lend authority to stories  Manipulation o You know less than the person you’re interviewing  He said/she said journalism  Stenography o Just writing down and not asking deep questions  Knowledge o “… the more precise the system of record, the more precise the news coverage.” o Less precise system of records leads to a less precise news coverage  Ex: change of obesity coverage  Statistical coverage can help frame an issue  Get it Right o Accuracy improves with more knowledge  Ex: 538 (Nate Silver)  The # of electors in the Electoral College  Political and sports statistics  ESPN o Hutchins Commission  Comprehensive account of the day’s events o How can we get systematic knowledge?  Take a class, study  To be in the know, you have to know  You can learn skills, but not knowledge  Patterson pg. 74  “… it’s harder to come up with valid explanations…”  Patterson is saying that it’s all about context o Knowledge is the starting point and end product o The goal  Be more than a “common carrier”  Don’t be manipulated by sources  “Unless reporters have a sense of where the truth resides, they find  themselves in the position of ‘common carriers, transmitters of other  people’s ideas and thoughts, irrespective of import, relevance, and at times even accuracy.’’” o What can lead us down this path?  Internet  Easy to make mistakes and have wrong information  “The Internet is at once a gold mine of solid content and a hellhole of  misinformation.”  We rely on the Internet too much  Injection of knowledge is greater than the application of  knowledge  Journalism is not a tidy discipline. It focuses on anything and  everything. We cover it all and it’s messy but knowledge is key. o “Journalism is not a tidy discipline, nor are its subjects  narrowly defined.”  Takeaways o Great journalism simplifies complicated stories without changing it  o Benefits of knowledge  Guidance  Proportion  Verification  Truth  Plausibility o We have to do more than observe  Don’t add what wasn’t there  Don’t deceive the audience  Be transparent  Rely on your own reporting  Exercise humility


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