Monthly Archives: March 2012

All Roads Lead to . . . Woodward?

All roads lead to Rome, and all journalistic trends lead to Watergate . . . or from Watergate. Russ Smith was recently asked how celebrity journalism became such a rampant journalistic disease, and he responded, “Watergate . . . changed this … Continue reading

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Infotainment: Journalism Debased

I’ve been thinking about this phenomenon where newscasters turn into pet dogs looking to their masters, the viewers, for cues on what to do in order to get a treat, or a viewer’s attention. The public, constantly surrounded by things … Continue reading

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The Difficulty of Religion in Journalism

Why reporting on religion is one of the hardest topics to journal-ize about, I believe, is because religion transcends national boundaries, and people know their own religion (most of the time). So if a reporter says something wrong or a … Continue reading

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The Self-Checking Public Forum

In high school, I debated in an event called Public Forum (PF). This event was the best for the lay-judges to attend because the style of debate was intended to be presentable to a public audience in a comprehensible way. … Continue reading

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Breaking the Silence

The most frightening part of this presentation was the spiral of silence theory in connection to the opening activity (with the Rolo/Cadbury egg bowling). Even though everyone recognized the activity was unfair, no one spoke against it because each person … Continue reading

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Watchdogs and Squirrel Chasers

To be honest, I couldn’t help but stare at the “Beware of watchdog” shirts. As we were discussing exactly what it meant to be a watchdog journalist, I was thinking of how afraid I’d be of a dog (as pictured … Continue reading

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Intelligence: The Basis for Idealogues

It’s a shame that some of the most informed people aren’t always allowed to be the most politically and socially active. Journalists, being in the heat of the information moment, arguably learn the most about current events than the audience … Continue reading

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