Journalism-Theory and Practice Notes

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Journalism: Theory and Practice 12:48 Journalism is to inform the masses  Synthesize information and pass it along. Traditionally journalism was a bottleneck form, where journalists would gather  information and filter it through to the public. The new model is called the “Mosaic model of Communication” – which is a  many-to-many means of communication o Blogs o User generated content The business model of traditional journalism establishment is  changing. Essential question: will journalism continue to exist? An oblique explanation is no! o Everything becomes direct, information comes from primary sources  directly to the public. The other option is yes, journalism will always be needed. o There are certain techniques that journalism has in order to transfer  information. Journalism must tell people what’s important, and what matters. o It also tells us what information counts, who is credible, and what matters. There are cultural, political, and commercial reasons of why journalism  matters. From what perspective can we asses the quality/performance of journalism? The definition of the word theory in this class is to make sense of certain  problems. Without theory you will have gaps in ideas. Simple definition: a theory is a set of concepts formed into propositions  that explain conditions or events. What a theory requires is a relationship between concepts. It gives  explanation between common events. Theory is supposed to sustain power, predict what is going to happen.  o i.e. Human fear = news content. this argument must be tested amongst  other newspapers and see if “fearful content” drives readings and  circulation.
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12:48 What is Journalism? Analytical; normative dimensions It is keeping a record of current events for public information, publicity. o It does have something have to do with publication. A journalist is one who  engages in commentary and analysis of current events. o It is news work and news is something that has to do with contemporary  information. o Journalism does not report on past events. It tells about the “now” o According to Encyclopedia Britannica: Journalism is the collection,  preparation and distribution of news and related commentary. o Other people consider the definition to be this: The organization and public  relay of accounts about current happenings in the world. o
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