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Principles of Journalism in Democracy Tues Aug 20, 2019 Office: Inside journalism library – RJI 101E Office Hours: Tue 1:00-3:00 What is Journalism? Keeping public abreast of current events – acting as a watchdog Speak your truth A tool to spread creativity and ideas Relaying info to tell stories A platform for the public what they might not want to know Tell the stories that don’t get told Spread info without bias Helping us understand others who disagree Education, accountability, truth Responsibly tell the truth Assumptions Journalism Matters – understand it has a big role in society Needs honest critics of its shortcomings and articulate advocates of its success Not a monolith – there’s no single view and tone. Very objective Understanding the “why” of journalism is essential to understanding the “how” Principles of Journalism in Democracy Principles o What are journalism’s core principles?
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Journalism o What do we mean by journalism, anyway? o What sort of economic, legal, political, technological, etc. context shapes journalism? Democracy o What do we mean by democracy? o What does democracy demand of journalism? Why does this matter? Journalism does not make sense outside of its democratic commitments o Implicit loyalty to the public o For the public’s benefit o Operates in a democratic context Practitioners of journalism will become more thoughtful, reflective Consumers will become more informed, savvy Critics will be able to base their criticism on principled grounds Defenders will be able to base their defenses on principled grounds You are affected by journalism Purpose of Core Curriculum To be spine for rest of your degree o
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