October 10, 2005

Elements of Journalism Chapters 6-8

These sites incorporate themes from the readings:

Monitor Power and Offer Voices to the Voiceless
It is interesting to note the key points touched on: truthfulness, loyalty to citizens, maintaining independence from what we cover, and proportionality and relevancy. It seems as though these key points are being reinforced throughout all the readings; these are perhaps the most important rules to memorize and practice. This site is really helpful and would work as a good handout to understand the basis of our course.

Journalism as a Public Forum
Indeed this site is interesting, it is a public forum - clearly, slanted for one faction. Though, we are to avoid slanting articles, I think it is ok to have a forum like this where people can engage in a dialogue relevant to their own personal interests.

It is important that individuals are allowed to express their ideologies in a way that is not detrimental to others, but presentable. Their are so many diverse ideas that can be shared, and there are forums where they can be expressed and debated. Debate can also show what floodgates certain ideologies open. This idea of forum is critical in our ever changing global society.

http://blogs.setonhill.edu/LouGagliardi/011532.html and Relevance

Engagement happened to take me to SHU's own Lou. Lou shares his vantage point about the Setonian staff making the paper not only engaging but relevant as well. And I think Lou makes a great point, what is relevant to one person, might not be relevant to another. So hats off to you, Lou.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 10, 2005 12:19 PM

Just remember that an open forum is available to everyone, including those who enjoy causing problems. While journalism is great in that everyone can share and be informed, there is always someone that can potentially ruin it.


Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 10, 2005 2:55 PM

Katie is right, Katie.

People can ruin a forum like that. People can also ruin news articles--just because the article isn't supposed to read like a slanting article, some people will still read it like one.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 10, 2005 3:22 PM

Excellent observations, folks. I don't think people should fear or worry about forums, but it's important that people don't base their research papers or their voting preferences on "information" that they find in a free-for-all forum.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 10, 2005 4:36 PM

Reminds me of those times when you've asked how credible .edu sites are, Dr. Jerz.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 12, 2005 5:12 PM