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Principles of Journalism Week 3 The Difficulty of Defining Journalism Why you might have “ruled them out” Today show – “soft news” BuzzFeed – lists, cat quizzes John Oliver – he says so himself Fox News – partisan lean Facebook – a platform for journalism but does not create it However… o Soft news isn’t automatically “not journalism” o You can do hard-hitting journalism and cat quizzes o What if people name you as a news source? o Partisan journalism is old as dirt – are there other criteria? o Doesn’t Facebook still bear editorial responsibility? Bottom Line... Defining journalism is easier said than done And drawing boundaries around it (to say “you’re in” and “you’re out”) is even harder Outline Why definitions matter Some commonly-offered reasons: o To define what exactly it is we’re talking about o To help audiences understand the credibility of the information that are consuming o To assign responsibilities appropriately o So we can ensure high ethical standards in the field o Because journalists have special legal protections o To differentiate journalism from other media outputs (PR, advertising, fiction)
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Or not… o “We all know what a journalist is, and it’s silliness to argue about it… This is just so much sanctimonious bull- “ o This view is increasingly untenable Massive disruption to journalism since 2001
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