0503 - Can objectivity be fair JOURNALISM 405 History of...

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0503 PowerPoint 1 JOURNALISM 405 History of American Journalism May 3, 2011 Can objectivity be fair? • Privileges officials, bureaucracies, events, whites, males, heterosexuals • Treats status quo as a neutral baseline – Avoids inequalities of race, gender, sexuality – Income, wealth gaps – Capitalism seen as natural, inevitable • Centrist, silences the margins – Accommodationist vs. oppositional – ‘Tolerance,’ muckraking reaffirm the system The construction of reality • To say journalists make the news is not to say they fake the news • While the news isn’t “made up,” it is the result of made-up conventions and practices that are of journalists’ own making. Why keep objectivity? • Some see objective journalism as Winston Churchill saw democracy and government: It’s the worst form except for all others
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0503 PowerPoint 2 How we shape history 1) News organizations that have influenced important events haven’t been afraid to set the agenda — Those journalists we celebrate tend to be the ones who do what we routinely avoid 2) For many of the journalists and their news organizations, standing tall meant standing alone
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course JOUR 405 taught by Professor Liebovich,l during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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