Covering Controversial Topics
What is a Controversy?
o Public dispute
o Dispute about a matter of opinion
What are some controversial issues the public faces?
o Climate change
o Same-sex marriage
o Gun control
What types of controversial stories might the media cover?
o Capital punishment
o Universal health care
o Legalization of drugs
o Search & seizure
o Nuclear & oil power (energy resources)
Why cover something like that? Why not?
o It’s the public’s right to know
o It’s newsworthy
o Its an issue that may need clarifying/more explanation
o What do you risk?