September 12

  • homework due – has to be emailed to me now for the mark.
  • review the types of newspaper articles
  • discuss news values (How to Write the Lead – in Eddy Documents tab)
  • Discuss how to write the Lead (Six rules to write the lead AND Writing Great Newspaper articles – both document in Eddy Documents tab)

September 11

  • Review: journalism/democracy
  • What is Bias – discuss
  • Values – discuss
  • Journalists cannot operate in a completely bias-free environment – the pressure on Journalists is great
  • Fake News: some quotes to contemplate:
    • For every fact there is a counterfact and all those counterfacts and facts look identical online – Kevin Kelly, co-founder Wired magazine
    • People are quicker to assume they are being lied to but less quick to assume people they agree with are lying, which is a dangerous tendency – Will Moy, director of Full Fact
    • We shouldn’t think of social media as just peer-to-peer communication, it is also the most powerful advertising platform there has ever been – Will Moy, director of Full Fact
    • Judging which pages on the web best answer a query is a challenging problem and we don’t always get it right – Peter Barron, Google
    • This is perhaps the worst news of all for our democracy. As Cass Sunstein lamented in his book #Republic, “Members of a democratic public will not do well if they are unable to appreciate the views of their fellow citizens, if they believe ‘fake news,’ or if they see one another as enemies or adversaries in some kind of war.”
  • watch: How fake news does a lot of harm in our society
  • So how does this all relate to the eddy? You need to be a sophisticated news consumer, and as a producer of news at our small, humble publication, a sophisticated producer of news. You cannot use the first source you read; you need to know how to do proper research for information and use that information to create authentic articles.
  • Don’t fall for any CRAAP
  • Next news values….

September 8

September 7

September 6

  • Introductions:
  • play a game
  • the history of the Eddy
  • review of the overview and the evaluation sheet

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