Angela Avery's Blog

Explanation Leads To Information, Not The Other Way Around

Posted in Digital Journalism, Uncategorized by aavery on April 4, 2010

Link: http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2008/08/13/national_explain.html

In an article written by Jay Rosen at Pressthink.com, he says, “Any commonly shared opacity is a signal of deep public need that can only be met by outstanding story-tellers who are reporters too.” This is true because a story needs to be told first before the list of facts come in with many bits of information scattered throughout the internet and blog pages.

Also in the article, Rosen says, “In the normal hierarchy of journalistic achievement the most ‘basic’ acts are reporting today’s news and providing current information, as with prices, weather reports and ball scores. We think of “analysis,” “interpretation,” and also “explanation” as higher order acts. They come after the news has been reported, building upon a base of factual information laid down by prior reports.” This is the gist of the article where he means that people would be better off if they could understand what was going on before looking into it. sometimes, when a story is explained first, it strikes an interest in hearing more about the topic over all.

Until one is able to understand the whole of a story, it is difficult to understand any one particular part of it. Also, it is important to leave readers feeling like they need to hear the other side of the story. Making sure the whole story is told is important as a reporter. Reporters should pay closer attention to this and find a way to become less biased, more objective, explanatory, honest and hold tightly to ethical values and even personal integrity.

Another point is that journalists practically reword what other writers say and put their name on it. They take what the experts say, opposing experts view and other people with knowledge on a topic and just write about it. Are journalists qualified all the time to report certain topics? Once they have reported on a topic, who is the original producer of the information?

Often Unobserved Eastern Michigan Spot

Posted in Digital Journalism, Uncategorized by aavery on April 4, 2010

Eastern Michigan’s Often Overlooked Art Gallery

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26626766@N05/

EMU has a great art gallery that often goes unobserved by students and faculty.  The attendant sitting behind the desk at the entrance of the gallery, appearing to be no older than 24-years-old, says she sees a lot of people visit the place.  I asked her “what is considered a lot?”  She remarked, “I have seen about 4 people come in today alone!”  Being that the day was nearing to an end, that to me didn’t seem like many at all.  I looked outside and saw lots of students out enjoying the day, jogging, walking, lying in the grass reading, and sitting at the tables. I wondered how many of them even knew this gallery existed.

I thought this assignment was interesting because although I was aware of the art gallery, something I was not aware of was the memorial on the side of the Pray-Harold building. I googled what it was about and found some interesting information on it as well.  Had I not done this assignment, I never would have known of its existence.

What Happened to Objective Journalism?

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on April 3, 2010

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/02/media-drills-vapidity-on_n_523193.html

An article written by Jason Linkin, with the Huffington Post, he criticizes reporters for not asking the right questions relating to offshore drilling, but instead asking questions related to a political agenda and bi-partisanship.  Obama decided to tap into some oil offshore.  Well, many of the questions being asked by the reporters related more to how this would affect the two parties more than how this would affect nature, potential future spills, what preventative measures would be taken so there would not be as many issues as there were before.

Well, on top of that, the writer of this article, Jason Linkin uses phrases like, “Obama came out of the blue this week with a decision to start-up some crazy new offshore drilling campaign.”  This choice of words definitely has a lean to the left.

With online journalism becoming so popular, it seems that there is an even bigger divide between parties out for their own agenda than there was before the Internet.  Papers had their leans, like the Free Press and the Detroit News, but they were never so divided as they are now.  Also, in politics, it seems there is a lot more division than there was before also, at what point will reporters begin reporting news with objectivity?  Or will the divide grow and news sources only gain readers of their political agreement?  Will a new term be coined and will objective journalism be eliminated, allowing sensationalism or pandering to a particular party the primary purpose of reporting?

Opposing Viewpoints on Health Care Reform

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on April 2, 2010

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697//vp/35020823#35020823

Well, based off of the clip in the link above, and also relating to the definition that quality, enterprising journalism produces news, I think the two men arguing about the current issues revolving around the health care bill are a great example to use to depict how two different viewpoints, in opposition to each other are beneficial to viewers.

In the clip from the political talk show, “Hardball,” Chris Matthews, two politicos are arguing their sides of what is going on.  By hearing both sides, we are able to see both sides of the issue as it is happening, therefore able to better come to our own conclusions as viewers or readers.

They are arguing what the actual power is that the house and senate have and whether or not a filibuster is still used while trying to put this bill into action.  I believe most people would find this helpful when deciding what is really going on.  Listening to a heated debate between two opposing viewpoints is very beneficial.

In journalism, this is a decent way to display ideas in my opinion.

Reconstruction of American Journalism

Posted in Digital Journalism by aavery on March 26, 2010

Link:  http://www.cjr.org/reconstruction/the_reconstruction_of_american.php

In a report by Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson regarding the reconstruction of American journalism, they ask a series of interesting questions throughout their article. One in particular, “The questions that this transformation raises are simple enough: What is going to take the place of what is being lost, and can the new array of news media report on our nation and our communities as well as—or better than—journalism has until now?” I think the first thing journalists need to do is get cracking learning more about the world of computers. HTML, CSS, etc. Integrity is the easy part!

The most frightening part of this article was not that journalism should go knocking on government’s door asking for hand-outs, but more so the comments at the end of the article. It is all too easy to bash the profession of journalism, calling it a “trade” rather than a profession as one commenter who goes by the name of “Padkiller” criticized. I certainly hope that my four year degree will not end up as a simple wall decoration. It was not only one commenter, but many who seemed to share this view.
I believe the real question here is what are journalists going to DO about skeptics such as Mr. “Padkiller” and the many like him who believe that journalism is a profession that just any old Joe can accomplish?

I digress…

The following statements in this article are what really matter in the world of journalism in my opinion–today just as much as yesterday and also for tomorrow:

“Independent reporting not only reveals what government or private interests appear to be doing but also what lies behind their actions. This is the watchdog function of the press—reporting that holds government officials accountable to the legal and moral standards of public service and keeps business and professional leaders accountable to society’s expectations of integrity and fairness.”

“The Watchdogs of Democracy” as Helen Thomas calls it. Ethics, law and values are what will keep journalism pure in the future. Trust is the only thing that will allow journalists to build credibility. It’s as simple as that. Holding tightly to the values no matter what the writer is confronted with.

My journalism professor, Dr. Schlagheck, says, if you are offered a gift, graciously refuse—no matter what the gift, what the reason or how grateful the person is. Accepting the gift sends a negative message.

The World Wide Web in Journalism

Posted in Digital Journalism by aavery on March 24, 2010

Link: http://dig.csail.mit.edu/2007/03/01-ushouse-future-of-the-web

According to a testimony of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee of CSAIL Decentralized Information Group of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “The World Wide Web, itself built on the open Internet, has depended on three critical factors: 1) unlimited links from any part of the Web to any other: 2) open technical standards as the basis for continued growth of innovation applications: and 3) separation of network layers, enabling independent innovation for network transport, routing and information applications.”

These things, especially number one in Berners-Lee’s list are what make the world of journalism online a great place. Because we are able to post links to the Web in any way we like, without restrictions, we are able to link together multiple sources without having to manually create each bit of information. It allows a user-friendly online newspaper to appear smoother, seamless and easier to understand–just as the newspaper was intended.

The ability to virtually travel to any part of the world with only the mere click of a button is by far the most innovative tool a journalist could possess.

Relay For Life Donations

Posted in That's Life, Uncategorized by aavery on March 22, 2010

Link: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY10GL?px=9672167&pg=personal&fr_id=21321

Please make a donation to Relay For Life on behalf of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. We will be hosting a 24 hour relay walk on April 9th through the 10th to help put an end to cancer. Any donations, big or small will help tremendously.

I thank you all for taking the time out to read this and do hope that you will choose to help out.

Love and best wishes,

Angela

Importance of the Whole Truth

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on March 20, 2010

Link: http://www.buzzmachine.com/

Jeff Jarvis, blogger on Buzzmachine.com wrote an article mentioning the trouble with not telling the whole story and the outcome of mentioning, in other words, only 180 degrees of information. These bites of information seem to cause a lot more harm than good. Jarvis wrote about a quote by Warren Buffet.

Buffet’s quote stated, “We are certain, for example, that the economy will be in shambles throughout 2009 – and probably well beyond – but that conclusion does not tell us whether the market will rise or fall.” This quote was mentioned, but the last part was completely omitted. This, according to Jarvis, created financial issues costing Dow Jones and an uproar in the reader’s world.

I would like to mention that the older generation of journalists like Helen Thomas, Bob Woodward, Barbara Walter or even Benjamin Franklin would not allow these sorts of things to happen. My qualm revolves around the World Wide Web and its rush to produce information as fast as possible. It’s too bad journalists cannot slow down a touch and up their word count to convey the message as honestly as possible.

This Internet age is really costing the field of journalism some integrity. This also goes for the business world as well. Get the next Apple product technology out and selling before Toshiba catches up. With journalism though, people are depending on sources to be honest with them 360 degrees—not just 180 degrees.

Would you pay for your online news?

Posted in Digital Journalism by aavery on March 20, 2010

Link: http://www.buzzmachine.com/

According to Jeff Jarvis, blogger of buzzmachine.com and Pew data, 82% of people who have a favorite news site they visit regularly say they would simply find somewhere else to get their news if it were no longer available to them online for free.

News sources, new and old are spreading online like wildfire and the idea of charging people to view these sites at this point is just crazy. The only way this might work is if every news company decided to start charging at the same time.

I was under the impression the only reason homeowners were charged to begin with was to keep track of the readership for each household. How much profit is there really for the sale of a paper? Advertisers are always willing to pay for space in a place with high traffic.

What do you think? Should we pay for our online news? Would you pay for it or would you simply look for it elsewhere for free?

Gaining Credibility Through Ethics in Blogging

Posted in Uncategorized by aavery on March 13, 2010

Link to article: http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2008/09/18/because_we_have.html

When a blogger applies good ethics and values to their blog, they have begun to establish credibility with their readers. This is the message Jay Rosen, press critic, writer, Professor of journalism at NYU and blogger at Press Think.com has conveyed in his blog, “If Bloggers Had No Ethics Blogging Would Have Failed, but it Didn’t. So Let’s Get a Clue.”

According to Professor Rosen, there are five ways people trust a blogger. One of the reasons I personally prefer reading bloggers writing is because they are unafraid and say anything they want without constrictions from an editor or anyone else. Bloggers exercising their first amendment rights is a great thing. If a blogger is noticeably more ethical and has integrity, I feel they do deserve trust and they already have gained mine because of this as I imagine they have gained the trust of many others who think similarly.

On a more critical note, Rosen said, “If bloggers had no ethics, blogging would have failed.” I question the validity of this view point. I wonder where Rosen has collected this information from and how he knows that is the reason blogging has not failed. There are some unethical bloggers out there and some of them, I am sure are just as popular as Rosen himself. Rosen, although brilliant, might have been slightly opinionated on this idea, in my opinion.