Presentation on theme: "EMS30 – NEWS AND BIAS UNIT MR. RICHARDS. How does this quote apply to news media? It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose."— Presentation transcript:
How does this quote apply to news media? It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies – Naom Chomsky
Where do most people in Toronto get their news? TV Radio Print (papers, magazines) Social Media Other?
Who decides what is news worthy and what isnt? News companies and conglomerates must tip-toe on a very thin rope On either side of that rope is: Journalistic integrity (the public has a right to know the truth) Commercial implications (advertisers, investors and the public all have different interests and want to see certain things get published, and want to also see specific omissions)
What is news? Today we live in a world that is staggeringly over-run with information Therefore, not everything that happens is newsworthy Journalists and their bosses must decide what to cover and what to ignore In general, there are about seven criteria that make an event newsworthy. They are…
1. Important People Lead Singer Injured In Freak Accident Celebrities such as movie and pop stars, politicians, and world leaders make good news simply because of who they are With the explosion of reality TV and social media, this phenomenon is more true now than ever before
2. Concerns A Specific Audience Ontario Students Protest Bill 115 An event might concern an entire city, province, country or several nations Headlines such as the one above concern a specific group of people Would a mother with two teenagers react the same in Alberta as a mother in Ontario?
3. Has Wide Appeal President Barack Obama Elected For Second Term This news is interesting to the entire world The US is a global powerhouse and has either friendly or strained ties with most of the worlds countries Theyre all interested to know how this new president will affect them
4. Human Interest/Drama 4 year-old Boy Survives Heart Surgery People like stories about other ordinary people in challenging or heartbreaking circumstances These stories are interesting because they enable us to imagine how we would feel if such an event happened to us
5. Bad News ( If it bleeds… it leads) 60 Dead In Russian Train Accident War, flood, famine, earthquakes and other disasters are emotional events and as a result, the audience is drawn to them
6. Unusual Events Monkey Wearing Fur Jacket Shows Up At Toronto Ikea An event thats out of the ordinary, whether its funny, tragic or just plain weird is interesting to the public
7. Uniqueness First Man Jumps From Stratosphere When a story concerns something that is unique or a first, such as a world record in sports being broken, it almost always makes the news These stories challenge the audiences imagination and can excite a sense of pride in human achievement
Class Activity / Blog Entry In partners, have a look at some of the papers provided in class Find an interesting article on a polarizing (has two very distinct sides) issue and answer the questions below: 1. Under what criteria does this news story fall? 2. Who does the story affect? Why is it newsworthy? 3. Whose voice is silenced? Which side is not being presented? How many perspectives are being published? 4. How has this article impacted your view on the issue? What type of effect did the article have on you?
Presentation Present your findings to the class on Thursday / 5 depth/clarity/preparedness / 5 voice, presentation technique
Blog Entry #1 for January 2013 1. Find an alternate news source on the issue (social media, video broadcast or radio) and post the link to your blog 2. Explain how this alternate perspective differs from your first article 3. Where do you stand, personally on the issue after reading the two perspectives? Which one to you is more credible and why?