October 10, 2005

Newswriting Chapters 9 - 10

Make the News Comprehensive and Proportional

There are fallacies of metaphor, targeting for demographic areas, and hype pressure.

This may atttract people; despite all its color and font settings, and knowing that is it a tabloid, what happens when people can't discern the news in what are thought of as trusted papers?

This is where journalists have to put their best ethics into action in order to shed light on both sides of the story.

Journalists Have a Responsibility to Conscience

Moral standards must be combined with professionalism to arrive at a upstanding position. As journalists, we need to be more accurate, fair, independent, and courageous; it is only right that we hold ourselves to the highest standards in order to engage the reader and build a trust-based relationship.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 10, 2005 12:37 PM

See, this is why we're such good friends. My blog entry also mentioned tabloids and their money-making goal.

Do you feel that it's ok to read tabloids, like the Enquirer, if the reader is aware of the falsehoods?

Posted by: Katie Lambert at October 11, 2005 4:13 PM

i know u weren't asking me but i have to say if you are personally aware that there are falsehoods and you won't become affected and upset by what you're reading i think its ok. Sometimes it's just fun to read how much writers can twist things. is People magazine legit or is it a tabloid, cuz it has many of the same things, but there seems to a little less outrageous then the Enquirer?

Posted by: erin at October 11, 2005 9:11 PM

Katie and Erin,

News papers are less outrageous, but sometimes tabloids are fun.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 11, 2005 10:29 PM

I love looking at those tabloids with stories about the "Alien twins born to a Kentucky farmer" and such while waiting in line at the grocery store, mostly because I like to see just how ridiculous they can get.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 12, 2005 5:14 PM

there was one about a man who got surgery to become a "real woman" and then got another to undo it once he/she met up with it's highschool sweetheart and married her, isn't that sweet? lol. the more ridiculous the more they sell and if you run out of t.p. there you go!

Posted by: erin at October 12, 2005 8:57 PM

Chris, Erin,

Isn't it funny?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 12, 2005 10:22 PM