November 28, 2005

We The Media Chapter 4

"Newsmakers of all kinds - corporate, political, and I'd argue, journalistic - need to listen harder, and in new ways, to constiuents of all kinds, whether the voters, customers, or the general public." (Gillmor 68).

Well, this shocks me. A man not card-stacking his argument, but rather exposing the flaws to what he is arguing for. That is mighty impressive I must say. Sorry to switch to American Lit, but I learned that in order to create a solid argument, one must find the argument posing against it, and make it evident to the person/people reading it. I couldn't agree mor (get it!) that journalists must find ways to actually listen to the people, because they are the ones reporting the news. The customers that read and buy the papers deserve that much from a reporter. Everyone must consider accuracy when they speak, because no one gets respect from "bs'ing" their way through important details.

Before I go, I must say that this book is completely different from the other book that we have previously read. Unlike the method of card-stacking (using 9 examples to prove one point), this book exposes its flaws, which I find to be more believable, and way more interesting. I really feel that this book is somewhat changing my opinion, although I am still not a full believer of online journalist quite yet. I have not read really anything from this book that tells me or shows me that online journalism is more reliable than print journalism. I said before that the risks of being wrong are much higher in the print world than the online world, and anyone can type something in online journalism. I guess I'm still a skeptic. What about you?

Posted by The Gentle Giant at November 28, 2005 04:02 PM

I think I'm just the opposite of you, Jay. Before this class, I think I was a bit *too* trusting Internet journalism. Not to the point where I would read chain emails that say "All ketchup will be banned if you don't send this to 6 people," but I would put a lot of faith in what people said online, without considering where they got the information.

This class has definitely taught me to be mor (haha, I got it...I think) skeptical of the news--no matter where it comes from.

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at December 1, 2005 04:47 PM

You just brought up a good point about journalism. Sometimes, no news source can be trusted. If a journalist has a reputation for slander or libel, then how are we to believe him/her? It is really tough to point out what news source is more reliable than another, but I still believe that because print journalism has been around for such a long time, that it is stil the most reliable source.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at December 1, 2005 06:25 PM

Well I think guys that we are heading into this new era of journalism. I understand Jay that you feel that print is more reliable but if you find the right sources online that "print" stories they are just like reading the paper but from a computer screen. What I like about reading an article from the computer is that if I deem the source to be not creditable or have questions with the story I am able to go to google and research more in-depth on the source and the story. I that creates work, but now because of the internet I try to validate actual news print articles by doing more research on the internet. When we do research papers here at school most of us have several sources from the internet. Don't you think that the authors of the news print news use the internet to do some of their research? I think this day in age they do. I am not trying to knock "reliable print" sources. I just want to point out that in this age of technology that you need to keep an open mind to all outlets of journalism now.

Posted by: Ashley Welker at December 2, 2005 01:09 AM

I am absolutely keeping an open mind on online journalism. I do like many of the concepts and accessibilites to online journalism. But reading from the newspaper and reading from a hard copy can actually be two different things. Because there are more writers online, yes more news is available, but also more risks for inaccuracy of news. I just think that there are advantages and disadvantages to both, and because as Evan said "Print has just been around longer," I am just playing favoritism. Great discussion though.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at December 2, 2005 01:12 AM
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