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Unformatted text preview: What is News What is News and Who Decides? First Test: March 5 First Test: March 5
∙ The first five lectures The first five lectures ∙ Assigned Readings in Virtual Assigned Readings in Virtual Course Reader and Textbook ∙ Recitation Discussions Recitation Discussions ∙ No Current Events No or News Matters
The test will cover: How to Get Ready How to Get Ready
∙ Review your lecture Review your lecture and recitation notes ∙ Review the Lecture Slides Review the Lecture Slides on Blackboard ∙ Review your returned assignments Review your returned assignments ∙ Review the Information Grid Review the Information Grid No Prior Restraint
Government cannot stop Government cannot stop something from being published or broadcast or posted on the Internet, except in rare instances. But, the author or organization can be punished later The News Matters Challenge
You Decide. If we use your suggestion, and You Decide. If we use your suggestion, and we haven’t chosen it already, you get extra credit. Submissions due to [email protected] by Noon Mon. When asked, ‘Overall, do you think the press in America has too much freedom to do what it wants, too little freedom to do what it wants, or is the amount of freedom the press has about right?’
39 % 9 % 49 % 3 % Source: The First Amendment Center, “State of the First Source: The First Amendment Center, “State of the First Amendment, 2008” Factors That Drive News Factors That Drive News
•Universal News Drivers •Editorial Judgment •The Audience •Profits and Competition News is Part of Our DNA News is Part of Our DNA
Alert Us Connect Us Divert Us Definitions of News Definitions of News Definitions of News News is What’s On Society’s News is What’s On Society’s Definitions of News News is Information Important News is Information Important People Don’t Want You to Definitions of News News is Information That Makes News is Information That Makes a Reporter’s Heart Beat Definitions of News
News is News is Independent, Reliable, Accurate Information That Citizens Need to Be Free Definitions of News News is Novelty News is Novelty Definitions of News News is What an Editor Thinks is News is What an Editor Thinks is Definitions of News “It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.” Definitions of News News is What Fits Into the Paper News is What Fits Into the Paper Definitions of News News is Information About a Subject of News is Information About a Subject of Some Public Interest That is Shared and Subject to the Journalistic Process of Universal News Drivers
• Importance • Proximity • Magnitude • Prominence • Unusualness • Timeliness • Conflict • Progress • Human Interest • Change These Are Our News ‘Genes’ How Editors Make Decisions
• What’s Interesting vs. What’s Important • Who is the Audience? • Do You Give the Audience What it Wants or What it Needs? • What is the Competition Doing? • News Presentation Editorial Judgment
Giving an Audience What It Needs Giving an Audience What It Needs vs. Giving It What It Wants Editorial Judgment What is Sensationalism? What is Sensationalism? Young People and the ∙ 28 percent of teens are 28 percent of teens are News “basically inattentive” Source: Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics, and Public Policy to daily news. ∙ An additional 32 percent An additional 32 percent casually attend to just one news source. ∙ Young people tend to Young people tend to favor soft stories, such as celebrity news, rather than hard news stories, such as the Iraq war ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course JRN 101 taught by Professor Schneider during the Spring '07 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
- Spring '07