Hojo - Tuesday January 19th Professor Tim Vos 110 Neff Hall...

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Tuesday, January 19 th Professor: Tim Vos, 110 Neff Hall in Neff Lounge News media constitutes a social institution Social institution; significant rule driven practice/relationship/organization in society; governing behavior set of individuals within a community Cultural Capital- Value that stems from cultural norms and values of an institution Things that emerge from a shared history of cultural capital; -Shared kinds of content -Shared practices/routines -Shared organizational structures -Shared occupational norms/roles Every institution has a cultural capital but also an economic capital, political capital & social capital -Each capital can work with or against journalism’s historical cultural capital. EX: If you maximize social capital, you have friends as sources, but will you give up social capital to advance cultural capital by going against your friends? Journalism’s cultural capital must constantly be maintained. It’s constantly under threat. -All other institutions in society tend to seek their own interests and not for the benefit of others. -Every institution requires new people and new entrants/ Maintenance Defense of journalism’s cultural capital
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-Journalism’s relation to other institutions unsettled -Journalism’s role unsettled -Journalism’s approach to truth-telling unsettled -History provides rhetorical tools for defense of cultural capital/ Ignorance of history is not a defense Studying history allows -Reform or revolution -“New” forms of journalism & advertising -Revolutions that discard the past, never succeed Three Themes for the semester/ All Inter- related - Marketplace of Ideas ; Fundamentals of journalism and strategic communication - Objectivity ; The God of journalism- where were the cracks starting to form, where we learned about this concept - Commercialization ; Economic underpinnings of the institution -Inevitably we will discuss truth-telling, self-governance, press freedom & professionalization Reading requires… -Discrimination between items you learn, facts, and the important points. Discern what is important and what is not and why things came about as they did. -Comprehension of piecing information together and thinking the process through to see the main discussion about the marketplace
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-Evaluation of texts and be able to think critically and ask critical questions. Only arrive with a conclusion after the first two steps. What’s in class— -Two exams -Regular reading quizzes (3pts, on Blackboard) -Ten document quizzes -One Essay paper -Reading guide will help for quizzes Thursday, January 21 st History’s History Chronology Explanation = Agency, functionalism History the story of things getting naturally better Explanation of Origins Agency- History driven by individual choices Collective action? Unintended consequences?
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