People want transparency and open reporting, objective journalism is something desirable, right? The founder of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson said: “Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long.” So maybe objectivity isn’t so desirable. I think most people believe that the news is no longer objective, whereas public broadcasting was built to serve the public interest; it’s tax-payer money, it’s what should be giving us a voice.Public broadcasting has come under attack many times since it was created by the Johnson administration in 1968 (click photo to watch video ), and since then, it “facilitates noncommercial news and entertainment programming,” in addition to Frontline and documentaries such as Alex Gibney’s Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Although public broadcast has come under attack for seeming to politically left (with documentaries such as Gibney’s,) I think there is a need to not make journalism seem so objective, and what is really needed is a safeguard against commercial media. Compared to other developed countries, we spend pennies on public broadcasting and can be considered “a bit of an embarrassment” compared to the BBC which is a good example of what democracy can look like.1 New York University professor Rodney Benson says that public funded media is “a key reason why their citizens are much more knowledgeable about government and international affairs than are U.S. citizens,” and “safeguarded from the kind of partisan interference that has become all too common in this country.”2 This is just one argument for why there is a need for public broadcasting, and this type of journalism. Even if you know something is biased, or at first maybe a little unethical, does it affect the content of the message? Does anyone have any insight to investigate this type of journalism? Please read Matt’s comment below for continuation of this topic/post….

1&2 http://www.inthesetimes.com/main/print/7001/

4 Responses to “Online Journalism and Public Broadcasting”

  1. Matt Gorman says:

    As of now, I’d like to focus my portion of the travelogue on the ways Web 2.0 has changed the way news is presented to the world. It seems as if nowadays, there are the “objective” sources such as The Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, and newspapers such as The New York Times, who present what is happening in the world, and then there are the secondary sources such as blogs, which expand on the news with thoughts and opinions. I’d like to explore how people get their information online, and especially to look into whether people are more interested in reading simply what is happening from an objective source, or if they prefer to read an opinionated article about the same topic. For example, is someone who is left-leaning, will they read generic, informative stories from the Associated Press, or would they prefer to read from sites like Huffington Post, which reinforce their views. Along with this, I’d like to consider whether people are willing to read the other side’s view of a story, or if they simply stick to the sites with which they agree.

    To go about this, I plan to look over the readings for the journalism week, as well as further review articles such as this from the Online Journalism Blog.

  2. Queenie says:

    I worked at a NBC station and I noticed that the broadcast industry is changing because journalists now have to do everything– be a one man band– and must have a strong online presence since multi-media has become a huge part of delivering the news. For instance, I know a couple of broadcast journalists who aside from their on-camera work, have to write shorter pieces to post online along with video/soundbites. Similarly, newspapers like the NYT or the WSJ produce and distribute news online and perhaps you can investigate that and the impact it has on readership.

    I haven’t read the readings for this topic yet, but it might be necessary for you to distinguish online journalism from pseudo-journalism. Try to define and identify the two, and find out what is considered online journalism and what is not (blogs). Although you can discuss online journalism and public broadcasting, you might want to just focus on one because there’s plenty to say about the two.

  3. peternenov says:

    In an attempt to explore how people get their information online, I think it could be important to mention/analyze the effects of social media in online journalism. It seems that more and more journalistic instituions base their stories off of trends on sites such as Twitter and Google because now they can supply audiences with information that fulfills their needs. A year ago, Slate, an online magazine, held a competition in which it had users come up with a line that used all of the trends, the winning entry commented on the growth of reliance on such tools for the generation of pertinent stories “What do all those topics have in common? Absolutely nothing—except for the fact that they’ve all been featured this week, at one time or another, on Google Trends, and they were all heavily tweeted topics, (full article http://www.slate.com/id/2245166/). I think it will be a very interesting topic and I look forward to reading more!

  4. chelseachristensen says:

    Like the topic-Matt, here’s some articles about a new strictly iPad payed service thats coming available from News Corp, which incorporates paying a subscription. There’s also some articles about a PayWall that the NY Times are putting into effect with its online readership. It might be interesting to delve into how news companies can continue to make a revenue, and if their techniques will work.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/why-news-corps-ipad-only-paper-is-going-to-be-a-hit-2011-1

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_daily_vs_flipboard.php

    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/02/why-times-will-lose-to-huffpo/1/

    http://mashable.com/2011/01/24/new-york-times-paywall-price/

    http://adage.com/article/mediaworks/viewpoint-media-world-succumb-free/147139/

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