JOUR 3090 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Social Security Number, Executive Session, Jargon

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Journalism
oAll about discovering the best attainable version of the truth
oTelling a compelling story through words, visuals, graphics, etc. about
what we learn
oConstrained by laws, ethical codes, routines and rituals
Elements of Journalism
o1st obligation is to the truth
o1st loyalty is to citizens
divorce other loyalty
separates journalism from PR
oEssence is discipline of verification
If your mother says she loves you, check it out
oPractitioners must maintain an independence from those that they
cover
oIndependent monitor of power
oForum for public criticism and compromise
Gives customers chance to dog them
No other industry does that
Never read comments on stories
Godwin’s law
oIt must strive to keep the significant interesting and relevant
Fail at this very often
Translate jargon for general audience
Need to understand it to do so
Keeping news comprehensive and proportional
TV news is the worst at this
“That’s not news”
oprobably means nature of story makes them look bad
oanything relevant, useful, interesting = news
BUT MUST BE RELEVANT TO YOUR SPECIFIC AUDIENCE
The open records act
oAll meeting and records are public
EXCEPT in the situations
Medical and veterinary records
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