In a world as diverse as plant Earth, there are many aspects of the media that help define who people are and what they decide to become. Journalism is one of many areas in the huge spectrum of media and communication. Journalism is the timely reporting of events at the local, provincial, national and international levels and it has played a major role in shaping my life as a citizen, student, and a career-seeking individual. On a cold rainy night in the city I tossed and turned in my bed trying to fall asleep. I knew it would be time to get ready for school in a few hours, so decided to force myself to sleep. After ten minutes I realized I was not going to be able to sleep; therefore, I decided to turn the television on. The first station I came across was airing an ad about priceless diamond necklaces and rings that sparked little interest, forcing me to switch channels. Considering I had passed through nearly eighty television stations I opted to watch the History Channel, which was showing a reporter covering issues on poverty in the world. The heart breaking documentary highlighted how over 1 billion people in the world do not have adequate diets, shelter, and clothing. This shocking uncovering stunned me; forcing a tremendous rush of utter sadness throughout my body. Once the televised prompt was over I could hardly believe what I had saw. Outraged, I thought to myself it was immoral that in some parts of the world people waste food and resources, while starving infants and villagers in other nations are in desperate need of them. At that moment I knew something had to be done. Then ironically, I feel asleep. A few hours later I awoke to the horrid sound of my alarm ringing in my ears. Subsequent to getting out of bed, I remembered the media report focusing in on less fortunate individuals in under developed countries and decided I would speak to my journalism instructor about doing an article on it. When I arrived at school, I rushed through the slightly crowd hall of students and into my teachers classroom. Once inside I drastically explained to him what I had witness last night; hoping of getting a chance to really dig deeper in search of evidence relevant to international poverty. My instructor was very surprised that I had taken such an issue to heart and reluctantly gave me time to really research this topic. I quickly filled with excitement and darted to start my research. While researching I came across several interesting factors that lead to grave things that would shape my career. About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or
Instructor: Dave Stave
May 25, 2015
When I think of the term citizen journalist, I think of a voice given to the people. Citizen journalism is a non-professional who gathers, spreads and analyzes the news by using websites like YouTube and creating blogs. With the help of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices, citizens can capture breaking news as it happens and can possibly report it faster than a journalist on the scene. Even though citizen journalism is an…
declaration of positive principles, replacing closet codes of prohibited practices, could re-establish Journalism as the people’s champion.
Discuss, including your suggested declaration and your arguments for its fitness.
Perhaps Journalism has never been the people’s champion, perhaps one day, it may become just that. In order to determine its future, I will evaluate this area of Journalism, looking particularly at its standing in the public view.
Firstly, we must determine the idea of “positive…
ObamaCare. There has not been a lot of objective reporting when talking about the Affordable Health Care Act as journalists are showing their support towards the social justice of the act, or they are refusing to support it by revealing evidence of why it might fail the American people. It is important that when speaking about such hot topic subjects in the media, such as ObamaCare fighting for social justice is important but not as important as reporting the most accurate story to the fact with little…
Politicians, the New Celebrities
Back in the day journalism on politicians was about what that politician could offer to the nation and not what he was doing outside of office. Journalism has devalued a politician’s true purpose and has flipped it into portraying politicians as political celebrities. Journalism has shifted in the 21st century from news to gossip and should stop deviating from political news. Take for example our current President Obama; he’s portrayed everywhere doing things with…
debate and shape news___________.
What is it? Make some notes from the slides and your own ideas.
TASK: Read the article on 9/11 and produce a mind map which outlines:
The Nature of reporting this event
The Role of audience in reporting
The Role of New Technology in reporting
Any Criticisms of coverage
New Media and Citizen Journalism
Which new / digital media have enabled citizen journalism to take place and how/why?
News stories that…
Introduction to Participatory Journalism. In We Media. (pp. 7 -14) The American Press Institute. Stanford, California.
This chapter provides an overview of online webblogging and general online commentary about news media. This chapter is important because it brings to light many ideas about the emergence of weblogging and how this can help to assist the progression and evolution of journalism. It states that rather than diminish the need for need for traditional journalism, it provides an equal and…
I Read it on Facebook:
A look at Social Media and Today’s Journalism
Ever since the birth of the printing press in the fiftieth century, the news business has been driven by technology. That has never been more true than today. With the advent of the personal computer, digital cameras and smart phones, internet technology and social media have given the public instant access to any information with a touch of the screen. At the same time, a new dilemma or opportunity (depending on who you…
1. Reading (be sure to bring an electronic or hard copy to class):
Introduction: Democracy, Communication and Civic Engagement
John Saltmarsh. “Why Dewey Matters.” The Good Society 17, no. 2 (2008): 63-68. (accessed January 5, 2013). If having trouble see: See Blackboard Documents.
Boyte, Harry Chatten. 2004. “A Different Kind of Politics: John Dewey and the Meaning of Citizenship in the 21st Century”. Good Society. 12 (2): 1-15. If having trouble, See Blackboard Documents.
Journalism & Media Literacy
Advanced Journalism & Media Literacy
2013-2014 Course Syllabus
Ms. Mary Donnelly
The Bull’s Eye Production Team: weekly meetings to be scheduled.
Extra Help/Office Hours: I’m always available to help you! Kindly give me 24 hours’ notice.
This is a full-year elective course designed to stimulate and challenge you. You will have the opportunity to write and…