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Chapter 1-5

COMM ST 10 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-5: Advocacy Journalism, Mysophobia, Sixth Amendment To The United States Constitution

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Losing the News
(Chapters 1-5)
- the iron core
- functioning democracy = traditional/investigative reporting (uncover dirt)
- aka accountability news/news of assertion
- jeopardy: the newspaper business (lower demand for professional news due to
increased tv & internet usage)
- newspapers focus on attracting audience & profit
- decline in size of iron core
- issues of advertising (why pay for ad in newspaper when you can advertise
for free on Craigslist) ~declined ads --> declined profits --> cut on costs -->
investigative reporting (timely & most expensive) --> got cut first
- historically: news used to be owned by families (more dedication)
- certified ads & reasonable profit demands
- now: owned by large companies and profit oriented (e.g. LA Times)
- pressure on editor to cut costs (repeated cuts in staff: LA Times)
- 4 reporting types:
1. Bear witness (simply record)
2. Follow-up (ask why?)
3. Explanatory (mastering complexity/expository)
4. Investigative Reporting (withholding info)
- today: instead of serious reporting you get simple coverage (cheapest)
- no watchdog on the gov. = well informed citizenry vs. propaganda
- challenges: internet, newspapers losing money when sticking with #4
- trend: geared towards entertainment (“not entertainers, but informers”)
- young people don’t read news, fewer people trust the papers/believe, as-
sumed flawed reporting as biased instead of mistake
- adversarial press (Pentagon papers)
- supposedly had gov. secrets
- reality: evidence of mismanagement
- 1st amendment: can be published
- the 4 categories of media
- ad vs. news - their separation (page 43)
- the 2 “walls”
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