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Photography and Journalism

Posted by: | December 15, 2009 | No Comment |

In the 19th century, journalism experienced beneficial changes because of the development of photography. Louis Jacque Mande Daguerre, a French painter, made the first non-fading photograph in 1829. He called this photo a “daguerreotype.” Daguerre accomplished this by using light-sensitive salts that captured images on metal plates.  After this discovery, photography became increasingly popular. But, […]

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Repetition in the news

Posted by: | December 8, 2009 | No Comment |

As Mitchell Stephens points out in chapter 16 of “A History of News,” much of the news offered today is repetitious. This held some truth before the advent of pay television (cable and satellite) and the Internet. Now, with so many media options available to the audience, stories often feed on themselves and the repetition […]

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Newspapers and magazines are both considered periodicals, which means they are produced on a regular schedule. But, what makes them so different? Some of the most common differences between newspapers and magazines can be seen through their audience, content, distribution, and design and layout. 1. Audience: Newspapers have a very broad audience. One newspaper can […]

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Graphics overwhelming

Posted by: | December 8, 2009 | No Comment |

Previously, I wrote a bit on how news can be presented, both positively and negatively.  At the time, I ended by saying I would go into the history of news graphics and presentation, but have since changed my mind on what I would base this on.  I was watching the news on TV this whole […]

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And knowing is half the battle

Posted by: | December 8, 2009 | No Comment |

Ask just about anyone if they think news is important, and they likely will agree that, yes, it is vital, though you might get some comments on how the talking heads can get too preachy or alter the news as they see fit. News is an important resource to everyone, from a subsistence farmer to […]

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In the fifth chapter of Schudson’s book, Discovering the News, he writes of the roles of objectivity, news management, and the critical culture that arose in journalism around World War I and beyond. Objectivity Schudson details that around the 1930s, many journalists began to find fault with the ideals of objectivity and instead wanted to […]

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The downside of Twitter journalism

Posted by: | December 6, 2009 | No Comment |

NOTE: This post isn’t directly related to the class readings, but I thought it would be nice to end the semester with an issue in journalism today. Many journalists in 2009 have a good grasp of new media techniques they can use to increase their online readership. Many beat reporters have blogs to publish insider […]

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Is it really anybody’s business?

Posted by: | December 6, 2009 | No Comment |

When we discuss press freedom in our History of Journalism class, we usually center our discussions on government restrictions on publications throughout history. These governments would target newspapers which blasted authoritative figures, examples being kings and the Catholic Church. Today, the press has various high-impact public figures to blast, and restrictions (at least in the […]

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Syndication in Newspapers

Posted by: | December 5, 2009 | No Comment |

When the 20th century arrived, Journalism enters the print syndication world.  Print syndication are articles, columns and comics are made available to newspapers, websites, and magazines. Print syndication often reprints  articles and publish them on paper and online with copyright consent. Newspaper companies like the Tribune Company, the New York Times, and The Telegraph Media […]

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The opening chapter of Michael Schudson’s Discovering the News is basically a celebration of the brilliance that was the penny press. Schudson talks about how the penny press forever changed the face of journalism and of the dissemination of news, beginning in the early 1830’s. Schudson called the penny press a “revolution” for news. Schudson […]

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In the 3rd chapter of Discovering the News, Schudson discusses two types of journalism in the 1890’s that influenced the journalism standards we see today. These two types of journalism are “journalism as entertainment,” and “journalism as information.” Schudson starts out by asking two important questions about these two types of journalism. “What is it […]

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Climactic change in objectivity?

Posted by: | December 3, 2009 | No Comment |

News of Tiger Wood’s automobile accident and the White House party crashers blanketed the airwaves and front pages of newspapers. Sure, it was Thanksgiving holiday and not much happens during that time, so media need to find something to feed the masses. Something else newsworthy happened over the same time period.  The servers of the […]

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