Articles tagged with: news

Chapter 12 – The Culture of Journalism: Values, Ethics, and Democracy

on Tuesday, 26 April 2011. Posted in Student Notes



Chapter 12 in Media Essentials discusses the current state of journalism and how it has evolved as we enter into the Information Age. We learn that news is “the process of gathering information and making reports using a narrative framework” and that there is a criteria for what journalists consider to be “newsworthy” – the timeliness, proximity, conflict, prominence, human interest, consequence, usefulness, novelty, and deviance of stories. While most journalists uphold a number of values (including the principles of neutrality and ethnocentricism), they often times come into conflict over ethics in the news media. In particular, the issues of deception, privacy invasions, and conflicts of interest have led journalists to seek answers from philosophic principles to help them resolve these dilemmas.

Representation & the News Narrative

on Monday, 18 April 2011. Posted in Student Notes

notes prepared by Taylor Senegal

Tuchman argues, “By seeming not to arrange time and space, news film claims to present facts, not interpretations.” Although the material filmed may be real, the way in which it is filmed persuades the way viewers perceive it. The camera’s perspective influences the information’s presentation. Tuchman refers to talking and touching distance. He differentiates between the impartial appearance of the former as opposed to the dramatic impact of the latter. The way in which reporters are framed in symbolic locations and appear to be near ongoing activity also affects viewers’ perception of events. Due to television’s ability to cover more dimensions of perception than other mediums, more people believe its information is fact.