From the bounty of the Internet, we stumbled across this textbook example of a journalist fulfilling his role in a democratic society. This should be a litmus test for those wanting to enter the field: if you are unwilling or unable to ask these sort of questions under the bright lights, then maybe this is the wrong line of work for you.
This is a topic we visit in Ch. 5 of the book, so we were delighted to see this great analysis by Poynter on the state of journalism in the Rockies, which highlights a lot of the themes we discuss. This is a great resource for bringing the discussion right up to the moment!
Described in The New York Times as a “muckraker” and “professed citizen journalist whose freelance campaign against graft has earned him pop-star acclaim and sent a chill through Chinese officialdom,” Zhu Ruifeng is not only challenging the Chinese authorities but some definitions of journalism as well. Is this blogger an advocate, a journalist, something else? If he were practicing in the United States, would we think about his actions differently?
Always nice to hear from the great Herbert Gans, an astute observer of the press. In this discussion of journalism and its role in democratic self-governance, he argues that journalists should rethink how they frame their work to focus more on the needs of a 21st-century democracy. Lots of great thoughts here…
I always admire Steve Buttry’s analysis, and his take on the Manto Te’o hoax story is a great example of media criticism. Read this with the principle of verification in mind, and bring it into your classroom. These sorts of stories really bring the discussion to life!
The money quote:
The notion that coverage of the fake girlfriend’s death was narrative journalism is as bogus as her car crash, her leukemia, her Stanford enrollment or her death.
Love the back and forth here, and yeah, the snark…
When people are waiting in line, they turn to their phones, where they check Facebook, read Twitter and view Instagram photos. The big question for news publishers is why they don’t check out the news.
The reason might be the wrapper the news is delivered in. Publishers are still stuck, in 2013, getting the basics down: translating news stories from print to desktop to mobile. But attention spans are different when waiting in line. News, it seems, not only has to rethink its business models, it must also rethink what it delivers.
That’s why the experiments by mobile apps Circa and NowThisNews are so interesting. Both companies are focused on packaging content in smart, mobile-centric ways. Circa’s 13 editors scour the Web for content and break it down to those most basic elements of news — the who, what, when, where and why. That content makes it easy to read while waiting for the bus, as you can scroll through a story and take away what really matters. Circa also sends out push notifications to alert you of story updates. Think of it as an ongoing stream of news, which makes sense for the computer in your pocket. For example, this story on Russia’s proposed anti-gay legislation can only be shared via social networks through your phone or tablet.
You might want to hold off writing the obituary for the print media…as this year begins, Poynter highlights three notable reports share the same conclusion about the future of news: The path we are on is uncertain and debatable. But two of the three studies now see an extended economic shelf life for print, even as audiences swing digital and the search for viable digital news products continues.
It’s a great post jam=packed with interesting research you can use in the classroom to contextualize the print/digital chaos…