Principles of American Journalism Ch8

“A story about secrets and surveillance that raises Constitutional questions certainly counts as information of consequence to citizens.” (Craft & Davis 210)

Reading this chapter of the book again was interesting in regards to my opinion as a student journalist. I do think that journalist should have a voice but a voice that gives both sides to let the people who read the press have their own decision. I think this is what makes journalism so unique. For example, the Snowden story. Those journalists were approached by Snowden and he gave them the information to release. Now it was up to those journalists on how to inform people. The people were informed by the information that was provided and gave the people a voice not by the reporters taking a side.

Source: Principles of American Journalism Ch8

Principles of American Journalism Ch7

Reflecting on how the Setonian works and my experience working on such a student run paper, I have come to terms that we are free to write whatever as long as we are in practical guidelines. Comparing the Setonian to the British government it really does make it seem like we are free as student journalists to report and inform as we please. There are always boundaries to cross but I feel in the articles I have written which vary in topics from plays, sports, movies, club meetings and guest speakers, I was free to write within the appropriate ethics of being a student journalists.

Source: Principles of American Journalism Ch7

Principles of American Journalism Ch6 Codes of Ethics

So far out of all the readings I feel this chapter is one of the most important sections we can read and understand as student journalists. From my experiences, journalists are here to inform not to lie as described in the situation at the beginning of Chapter 6. As a student journalist I feel I have used my news gathering skills to inform a campus of real facts. In any situation as a reporter there is no need to lie, the facts should always speak for themselves in any kind of story.

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Portfolio 3

This is the third portfolio of the semester and unfortunately I have been unfashionably late on the readings. With that being said, I think this portfolio will show my willingness to get what needs to be done within a short amount of time.

Depth: 

One post I feel went into enough detail for this category was my post on social media platforms. Here I went into detail about how social media and news corporation coincide with each other.

Even though this post did not go into a great amount of detail, I feel my post on news and information fits into depth. Here for this post I feel I gave enough detail to reflect upon the role of news and information.

Riskiness: 

A post that best fits this category would be the New Media Future 3 of 4 post. Here I was able to find an article that I felt was relevant to the topic in the textbook. I am not too comfortable with data and statistics so for me this was risky.

Here in this post about how newspapers are funded, I was able to relate what I know about the Setonian’s process of collecting ads. This is my first semester as an editor and I am still not all that familiar with the idea so for me I considered this as a risk.

Intertextuality: 

The post that best fits this slot is my New Media Future 3 of 4 post. Here I was able to take an article from online and apply it to the textbook concept on why data-journalists and storytelling will not disappear.

Another post where I applied something relevant to the textbook was my post on my online editor position. Here I was able to describe the process I take in which generates traffic to the Setonian website.

Discussion: 

The post I decided to put here did not generate any discussions because of the timeliness but I feel they are worth talking about in class.

Since we live in an era where social media is very prominent in our daily lives I chose my post on social media platforms to fit into this category for a future discussion.

Another post that would be worth discussing is the post on fact checking. This is an important topic journalists and students should keep in mind and I feel this would be beneficial to bring up.

Coverage: 

A post I got done just to get it done was the post on how newspapers are funded. For this post, I did not go into detail but this also fits into a risk because of the unfamiliarity of the topic.

Another post I think suits this category is the post on fact checking. Again, this post did not go into depth or tie in another source from outside this blog but I got it done just for the assignment sake.

Timeliness: 

For this portfolio unfortunately I was late on every single one of the readings. From this experience, I think one thing I can learn from this is that when I become a journalists my editor will not except articles past the deadlines. Therefore, the importance of deadlines are important with the role of journalism.

For this portfolio, I have to say I am not happy with myself. I fell behind on the readings and my portfolio suffered because of that. Although I did manage to complete a portfolio my biggest weakness was my timing. I kept putting off the blog posts and I became unaware of where I had left off in the readings. As far as the other categories go, I feel I did link some sufficient posts that meet the requirement.

Source: Portfolio 3

Principles of American Journalism Ch5

In principles of American Journalism Chapter 5, I noticed this passage, “Early online business models were all about “traffic” -clicks were the coin of the realm.” (Craft & Davis 123)

Currently I am the online editor for the Setonian student newspaper. For me, this chapter was the most relevant to my weekly and monthly responsibilities as an online editor. As part of my job, I can see when and what articles get the most traffic. In essence, I can use this information to my advantage to decide when to publish to get the most traffic to our website. For now it seems the most traffic comes right away we publish and that is when it is done.

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Principles of American Journalism Ch4

Having read this book last semester I think this chapter was well worth revisiting. When I first became a student journalist I got to briefly see how the Setonian pays for the paper. Now that I am an editor of the Setonian, Seton Hill’s student run news source, I am able to see that there is work that goes into getting the finances needed to run a newspaper. There is a level of effort involved with getting ads. Sometimes you have to pitch a sales ad to a local business and other times you might have to follow up with the source to get what you need.

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Principles of American Journalism Ch3

In Principles of American Journalism Chapter 3, I noticed this quote, “…journalists make sense of news and information. That implies that news and information are two different things.” (Craft & Davis 70)

I found this quote from Chapter 3 to be worth talking about. Journalism is made to inform people of information within the news. As a student journalist I have learned that the news is a term that is meant to inform people of what is going on. Information is the term that is incorporated as a part of news that gives the people the details from events. I think the book described this in a good way so journalists can implement this into their daily routines.

Source: Principles of American Journalism Ch3

Principles of American Journalism Ch2

Reflecting on my current role and past experiences being a student a journalist, I practice the biggest lesson from the Rolling Stone article with every word I write. Fact checking and transparency are topics in the journalism code of ethics that were not used in the Rolling Stone story. With every article I publish for the Setonian or future articles I will write, the number one thing I have learned to do is fact checking. Without doing so the story loses all credible and would belong to the fiction section of the library. The cold hard facts are what drives articles. Facts that are supported by quotes from both parties.

Source: Principles of American Journalism Ch2

NM The Future (3 of 4)

While reading to the end of the book one topic that seemed the most interesting to me was whether or not data-journalist would diminish the function of story telling in journalism. Data-journalists have the same job as reporters who write in the narrative style. The statistics journalists put in their articles are information that needs to be reported to the public. Without the stats, some of the stories would not be credible. For instance take a look at an article about the Los Angeles Lakers. Without the statistics from data journalists the story would be irrelevant. Stats play a major role in the news today whether its money, votes in politics, or sports.

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NM The Future (3 of 4)

In NM The Future (3 of 4) I noticed this passage, “One of the most important developments in journalism over the next decade or so will surely be the increased dependence of news organizations on platforms for traffic as well as for driving media innovation in new directions.” (148)

Living in a generation where technology is already very depended on I agree with the book in the sense that news platforms will depend on traffics from social media platforms. Already, there is a huge news presence on social media platforms such as Facebook. I would also like to add that this does not necessarily mean everything will be news. The news corporations that post new stories to their platforms have the choice of what stories should be posted. I think this defeats the purpose of informing people. This would ultimately lead to news companies posting the most clickable stories just for the traffic. This would also take away possible missed information people need to know.

Source: NM The Future (3 of 4)