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Comms 239 class 6

Comms 239 class 6 - Why democracies need an unlovable press...

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Why democracies need an unlovable press First, journalists operate under some common restraints: - Why do journalists tend to focus on official sources? Seek people with knowledge, experience and a willingness to speak - Why do journalists tend to stick with established routines? Worked in the past and reinforces operational bias (emphasize players, policy, and predictions) – easy – learned from other journalists - Why do journalists tend to follow conventional wisdom and have a mainstream focus? It is how they identify a story; it is not the job of the press to offer up a wide range of issues to cover, analyze, discuss, The reading argues that, despite these constraints, journalism follows a pattern that allows it to be a decent watchdog, including the following points. How do each of them allow journalists to resist the constraints and bring greater openness to public debate? - Journalists focus on events Events are a jumping off point for exploring social issues - Journalists focus on conflicts Provides an opportunity to embarrass the powerful - Journalists are cynical Does not allow the press to be manipulated by politicians staged events - Journalists are outsiders finding something novel, taking the pulse of public opinion,
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  • Winter '08
  • Cressman,D
  • Investigative journalism, Penny Press, Watchdog journalism, good investigative journalism, real watchdog journalism, fake watchdog journalism

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