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Media Today Notes Directions : This assignment will consist of three parts. Part I will consist of a Lecture on the Media today, part II will ask you to research some commonly used sources to determine levels of political bias and value-laden language. Part III will be essential questions. Once you have completed all three parts, download this document as a PDF and submit it to CANVAS. Part I: As you listen to the lecture and participate in class discussion, take notes in the space provided below in the Google doc. If you are absent, get notes from a classmate, but notes should still be in your own words . Once complete, begin working on Part II. Linkage Roles Signaling AKA “Gatekeeper” (most important role) Common Carrier Watchdog - The media fills a signaling role by alerting the public to key events that they might not otherwise know about - “Old media”- Washington Posts, newspapers - “New media”- social media, TV - Problem is that people rely on bad sources for news, not that the bad source exists - Consider if the “24 hours news cycle” has become the “24-minute news cycle” - 7000 reporters in Washington DC - About 7 journalists for every politician - Many opinions - The media plays a common carrier role by providing a means for leaders to communicate with the public - This relationship is symbiotic (media needs officials for sources and officials need media to carry messages) and at times adversarial - How does “new media” perform this role? Ex. Jodi Kantor’s Ocotbocer 2017 piece that set off the #metoo movement - The media serves as a watchdog by monitoring, investigating, and questioning public officials, industry leaders, etc. - Do we focus more on trivial or critical (things that actually matter) scandals? - Trivial - We need a journalist to investigate the government because the government won’t do a full investigation on themselves - Hardcore investigations don’t really happen anymore - New media can be better than old media - Everyone has a camera on their phone and can record anytime Public Representative Media Tendencies - Many current media figures (cable tv) have taken an active role trying to act as an advocate for the public and/or their viewers - Lean towards certain parties and don’t hide it - Sensationalism + “Infotainment” - Its always “breaking news” no matter how old the news is - Sound-bites- taking a long interview and only using certain clips to change the context
- Are journalists/ tv commentators suited for this role? Why should we trust them? - 1940s- Us implemented fairness doctrine - Horse race- needing to bet he first to report something - Doesn’t go in-depth and leads to false news - Photo-ops- way to set up a scene to make
- News organizations had to have equal representatives - Revoked, CNN was created shortly after - Ex. Sean Hannity- newscaster for Fox News - Not a trained journalist - Did not go to college for journalism - Claims he is an entertainer it look different - When politicians make it look like they are volunteering at a soup kitchen, only there for like 5 minutes -

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