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Social Role Week 15 - Anchored in the past, alive to the future

As the ever-changing media moves forward, we have to understand how to set our students up for success in the future journalism industry and as civilians.   350 more words

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Social Role Week 14 - Adapting for the Future

One way that the future of journalism is changing is the role that journalists serve.  In “Journalism isn’t dying. But it’s changing WAY faster than most people understand” by Chris Cillizza for WashingtonPost.com, Cillizza outlines how journalists are no longer the gatekeepers of information, but instead the context-givers and sense-makers: “And, as the “what” faded in terms of reader interest, the “so what” and the “now what” began to rise. 255 more words

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Social Role Week 13 - Educating the Public about the Media’s Social Roles

Professional journalists and citizens must work together to accomplish a community of accurate and relevant news.  Blur, chapter 9 “What We Need from the Next Journalism” by Kovach and Rosenstiel, the authors acknowledge the heightened role of the citizen and the lessened role of journalist as gatekeeper: “Individual citizens will create their own news diet and even their own content” (196).   407 more words

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Social Role Week - 12 Citizens as Journalists

This week we are focusing on the responsibility of citizens in the viewing and understanding of news.  While journalists hold a lot of the responsibility, in Blur chapter 8 “How to Find What Really Matters” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, the authors introduce the idea that the audience has more responsibility than ever: “Journalists still select , of course.   490 more words

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Social Role Week 11 - Scholastic journalism’s expanding roles

With the scope of scholastic journalism broadening, there is one thing that remains sure for both journalists and their audiences: skepticism is important.  In “Study: People view information on Twitter as less credible than on news websites” by Jeff Sonderman for Poynter.com, the author explains a study that confirms that people are more or less skeptical of their news depending on the outlet where they get it: “Experiments gave readers news in three different forms: A tweet from @nytimes and a short or longer story on nytimes.com. 416 more words

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Social Role Week 10 The Wonderful World of Cybermedia

There are many benefits of modern media tools: accessibility, immediacy, the connection of people from all around the world. However, while modern tools help in many ways, they also provide some challenges to journalists and our student journalists.   441 more words

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Social Role - Week 9 Student Media’s Leadership Changing Role pt. 2

Many of the resources this week focused on investigative reporting and the watchdog role, especially The Elements of Journalism chapter 6 “Monitor Power and Offer Voice to the Voiceless.”  In this chapter, Kovach and Rosenstiel introduce another tenet of journalists: “Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power” (171).   371 more words

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