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COMM 168
Lecture 1
Journalism
What does journalism do?
The contract with society
o With great privilege comes great responsibility”
o With great power comes great responsibility”
The First Amendment
Congress shall make no law… abridging freedom of speech or of the
press…”
Speech
Press
Religion
Lawful assembly
Petition government
In return, what does journalism owe society?
What should readers, viewers and listeners expect from the news media?
o Accuracy
o Fairness
Being biased
o Integrity (ethics)
o Perspective and proportion
o Taste
o Accountability
o Courage
How much is too much?
People think journalists should behave themselves
“The American press has been given extraordinary freedom by the
Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment. In return, it
owes society courage.”
o Anthony Lewis
In return… Journalism’s obligations to society
Informs
Explains
o Analyzes
o Interprets
Why?
How?
Background and context
Investigates
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o Watchdog” role
o Muckrakers
Creates:
o Public conversation
Example:
Presidential election
o Community
Example:
THON
Demands:
o Accountability
Entertains
Essential characteristics of good journalism
What makes it journalism and not something else?
o Accuracy
o Verification
o Attribution
o Balance
o Fairness
o Neutrality
o Clarity
o Social responsibility
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