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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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Covering Catastrophe — Review

Posted by: | December 2, 2009 | No Comment |

One common question TV viewers may have when watching a breaking news story unfold is: “What’s it like to be there?” That question is answered in “Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11,” a collection of personal accounts recalling that bad day. Allison Gilbert, co-editor, conceived the idea by journaling her experience while covering the […]

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Dr. Jack Censer, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, is scheduled to speak to our class on Dec. 1. Our discussion topic will be the media coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre on Apr. 17, 2007. The most memorable part of the media coverage belongs, unfortunately, to the […]

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The role of editors

Posted by: | November 4, 2009 | No Comment |

In chapter 9 of Mitchell Stephens’ “A History of News,” he writes about the development of newspaper editors in England during the 1600s. Editors organize a newspaper into having clarity and direction to the reader. Newspapers with clarity and direction are more credible than those lacking. One problem newspapers had in the 1600s was how […]

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News values

Posted by: | October 1, 2009 | No Comment |

On page 26 of “A History of News: Third Edition,” Mitchell Stephens lists seven traits that journalists use to measure the value of a news story. They are: impact, emotional appeal, conflict, prominence, timeliness, proximity and the unusual. Audiences will follow a story if the people think it has an impact on their lives. The economic downturn has impacted many in […]

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Hitler’s diary — or not?

Posted by: | September 27, 2009 | No Comment |

Few historical figures have impacted the world like Adolf Hitler did. In 1983, Gerd Heidemann, German journalist announced that he discovered the lost diaries of Adolf Hitler. He sold the publication rights to West German magazine Stern for 10 million German marks (estimated $6 million USD). Prior to publication, Heidemann claimed to have received the diaries from a “Dr. […]

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Crime sells

Posted by: | September 16, 2009 | No Comment |

Before OJ, before cable news, before the advent of tabloids and even before the Lindbergh kidnapping, there was the murder of Helen Jewett in 1836. Jewett was an upscale prostitute in New York City until her brutal murder in the early hours of April 10. The next day, New York’s best-selling Sun newspaper published the first account of the crime, including all of […]

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