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Theory Workshop 6: Information and News

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This workshop consists of a self-paced slide show, tasks for you to complete and bring to class, as well as links and basic information below. The slides are available in Keynote and PDFs (PDFs are accessible for screen readers). These slides are plain and designed to download fast and simply provide you with information you need for this course.


Once you have looked over these slides, you need to make at least one comment below (100 word minimum) that directly address the slides content for workshop credit, ask questions, etc.



While you are not quizzed on this workshop, you are responsible for using this information for your course projects. This is stuff you need to know. Refer back to these slides.


Keynote: News_workshop.key

PDF: News_workshop.pdf


Pew Center for People and the Press

September 13, 2009

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low

Public Evaluations of the News Media: 1985-2009


How accurate is Wikipedia? Check Wikipedia!



The Commercial News Media

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Comments (22)

uismiguel@... said

at 4:34 pm on Mar 14, 2011

This is one of the most interesting topics overall because gathering trustful information could be a hard task. There are many webpages, TV news and so on and so forth that provide information, but as a viewer, there is not certainty that these news are not bias or counter productive. There are always two sides about news, and these side would be utilized to the best benefit. In my opinion, i am very skeptical when i am listening to the news in the radio because it is hard for the reporters to be objective when they say the news. However, there will always be news, and it would be up to people to believe or not. And if the information delivered is credible, how much trust can people put in that information?

dbooth said

at 4:57 pm on Mar 14, 2011

This chapter is interesting because of its tough to know whether or not something has been altered in a news story to make the story more appealing, or more appeasing to a certain group. I don't watch the news really ever, not because I don't trust it though, but mainly because as sad as it is to say I just don't care enough. But then there is the issue of whether or not something is newsworthy, or not. Half the time I hear about news it's talking about something that a celebrity did. Not that I don't care about that stuff, and obviously they put it on because people want to hear about it. I use to listen to Fox news and MSNBC during the election time just so I could hear two sides of the story. They both talked about the same things, but just presented it in different ways. Then there are all of these other small outlets, and blogger sites that "leak government secrets" and stuff, that people take for truth. So who knows.

ericadeguzman@yahoo.com said

at 3:03 am on Mar 15, 2011

I thought it was so interesting that the youtube video you provided spoke on Fox News and how bias their reporting it can be because that News Channel is what came to my mind first when going through the workshop. I usually have a hard time deciphering which news source I should and should not believe or which news source is being bias or not. But with Fox News they’re so blatantly bias they make it easy. I also found the idea of “gatekeeping” really interesting… media regulates what they want to show the public and what they think is news worthy while the audience regulates what they want to consume and further research on. Overall, probably one of my favorite workshops so far.

Nico Reyes said

at 9:04 pm on Mar 15, 2011

This workshop forced me to open my eyes. Not that i didn't think about my sources of news and info critically before, I just hadn't thought about my rationale for these choices. I feel that as someone who has grown up with online media, I have become used to sifting through all the junk information that is out there. I know that i cant just trust any source of information. i think my generation is one of the first that has had to view all sides to a debate and make their own decision about any little part of life. There is an unprecedented amount of info on every subject that is just out there. It used to be that people bought Ford because their dad bought Ford or they bought Chevy because their dad bought Chevy. but now, all you have to do is Google "Ford vs. Chevy" and you have enough reading for years while you save up your money to buy a new car. by the time you have read all there is to read on the subject, you will be able to pay cash and you will be more unsure of your decision than any decision you have ever made in your life.

Jenna Saenz said

at 1:13 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This workshop was very interesting. I actually had to go back through it a couple of times to make sure I read everything right because it was all so new to me. I know this sounds silly, but it took me a second to think of other sources of news because I usually just go online and look. But, I do like newspapers because of the comics but that is about it. I also didnt know that there was someone who determined what was news worthy or not, so that was extremely interesting and new to me. I wonder if they just sit there and just say yes or no to things that are handed to them without justifying there yes or no.

jstoltz89@... said

at 3:46 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This is probably my favoritr workshop so far. I thought this information is very interesting. I understand better now that you can't always believe everything you hear or read about when it comes to the news. I think one of the most important things about reporting the news is to not come across as biased. For example, I refuse to watch FOX news because I know they present a more conservative perspective to the news. I also think it is very important to realize that Wikipedia is not a credible source. In the past I have had problems on research assignments because I had used Wikipedia as a source. I didnt realize that people can go in and change the information and it is not always factual. I have learned that you can't always believe what you hear or read and that the media likes to hype things up. I grew up watching the today show with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric... It bothers me that I cant trust what they say.... When it comes to my news, I like the real facts and not so much drama. This was a very informative workshop!!

victorngo85@... said

at 6:42 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This workshop was amazing and it was extremely interesting. Most people do get their news and important information online. This one reason why Newspaper companies are going out of business because most people are not buying newspapers anymore. They could read it online for free. I think the media or the newspaper companies should do something to regulate people reading the News for free. Before you know it, big newspaper companies will eventually go out of business. The video was very interesing very educational to read.

reilingss2b7@... said

at 7:38 pm on Mar 16, 2011

Nowadays most people get their news from the front page of yahoo or msnbc before they check their email. Theirs more too it than just that though and i feel that other online news sites that are popular on tv do a good job of spreading their news on the web and i think that is why it is more common for people to get updated through the web than tv. I feel like another source of information people use now is friends facebook status, for me personally, i feel i learn alot about what is going on in the world from what people post on their facebooks, it may not be academic but it is knowledge when it is out on the internet.

Adrian Aujero said

at 8:16 pm on Mar 16, 2011

I find it very interesting how news is no longer used to inform an audience, it is used by major media corporations to make money. What these news corporations are selling is basically information, as opposed to food or other goods. Information essentially is a very powerful asset. The video was very disturbing when the guy mentioned how news reporters do not have to tell the truth. We look at CNN and other news channels and trust that they are giving us legitimate information because they are prestigious. They tend to sell us stories that will move us rather than actual facts.

ronnie hansen said

at 8:37 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This definitely caught my interest. I never knew Foxnews was in court to essentially fight that they "dont have to tell the truth", not that they held any credibility with me, now I think even lower of them. It also made me think about an anchor just reading the prompt (doubt most anchors do their vital research), because they want their job so they will read as asked. The whole Photo shopping pictures is strange, but I know some photos are touched up to add the extra affect to it. as for the slides; news media mimics old media. That definitely is shaped nicely in the slides and the comparison paint the picture for you (online is like a newspaper; head lines, article, etc) Another interesting thing was that files act as a physical desk, which is true. I never thought of it that way but they hold certain storage, just much more compact, faster, and easier. And that the new age gatekeepers are us, we weave out what we want to read and see, which is a luxury.

jt_thizzle@... said

at 10:00 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This workshop most definitely enlightened me on how the internet flows information to it's consumers, and the quality of that information it provides. I really enjoyed how the article talked about gatekeeping as well, It reminds me of that movie with Will Ferrell Anchorman. His character was the lead anchor man at the station, and he pretty much chose what and what not was important to report on television during the movie. But with todays interent, most people dont even watch the news on television, The interent is the new gatekeeper for sports, media, politics, and other news. And since when did the news go from helping people find out what's going on in the world to making a profit of us?

kyleportal@... said

at 10:20 pm on Mar 16, 2011

I always had an idea about the news being extremely biased depending on the channel, but I didn’t know it was as extreme as it really is. The video you posted on the wiki page about the truth of the news is unreal. After watching the video I realized we do really believe what we hear from our anchormen, who are just reading away. For all they know it could all be false. I also couldn’t believe how these companies business conducts stated, “situations may arise that are not expressly covered or where the proper course of action is unclear.” Really?

The workshop was beneficial. It makes me think twice about online articles and if the information is legitimate, but it also makes me think twice about huge headline news we are so used to believing.

Mark Francis said

at 11:03 pm on Mar 16, 2011

This workshop was interesting to me and correlates well with my personal experiences. I love to read the newspaper, every section of it, almost everyday. I cant stand watching the news on television because you have to go at their pace. With the newspaper as well and online news sources, you can search and read about whatever you want. Sometimes I will try and watch the news and they spend 10 of their allotted 30 minutes on a pointless story. I don't like to waste time nor do I like to waste peoples times so I will continue to get my news from the newspaper and online. Overall great workshop again. Liked the section on Gatekeepers!

sekashiwa@gmail.com said

at 11:08 pm on Mar 16, 2011

The shop was interesting because I think that one of the most difficult parts of adjusting to the internet is understanding how to find credible information. That's been hard enough as it is just through traditional media, but now things can be so easily accessed from people that are mostly credible or from sources that sound very credible. Personally when I look for data that I need to be credible I look for credited newspapers as opposed to magazines because magazines tend to be extremely biased. Newspapers are too, but they are trusted to be as neutral as possible. However I think that the main issue is that if someone truly wants to find unbiased information, they're going to have to find it by looking at sources of both sides of a point and draw the conclusion themselves. I personally think it's almost impossible to find truly unbiased and trustworthy information from just one source.

Jennifer Giles said

at 12:31 am on Mar 17, 2011

This workshop I really enjoyed, it is true that digital information has a short life span. I didn't realize that even though news has taken a digital form it is still displayed like a newspaper and has similar characteristics to an actual newspaper. We think news is just to inform us when really news sources are looking to maximize profits and gatekeepers determine what is news worthy, which is something I don't usually think about when I read a one sided story I often don't realize that someone is choosing how the story is told. I know people can put fake news on the internet I just didn't really think that any one would or that it would look credible. I think I will look at my sources more carefully in the future.

Serena Sharma said

at 12:33 am on Mar 17, 2011

I think that was a really interesting workshop because it kind of makes you think what is really the truth. After thinking about where I get my news from it kind of buts in perspective that someone else did write or post this information and had to have added their opinion in it somewhere. It makes me wonder like info i am receiving is it even all true. I usually get my sources from the internet usually yahoo news and don't even bother really reading anything else where because I feel like i am being given actual facts rather than Fox news who completely controls what is being said.

Aubrey Lee said

at 12:44 am on Mar 17, 2011

This workshop really made me think about what news sources are really actually honest and reliable and which ones are just in it to make money. For instance, I was watching the news, which I dont normally do but I was at this particular time because I am concerned for the people in Japan, and I cant remember what station it was but they were talking about how the radiation from Japan may reach California. I do not know if that is actually possible for one and this news source's headline was "Radiation dangers concern California residents, which is obviously a lot of people. Having this be the headline, the news station knows that their rating is going to go up whether or not their information is accurate. This really makes me wonder as to what news, no matter the source, can we actually put our full trust into.

Jay Barton said

at 1:26 am on Mar 17, 2011

I try not to watch too much news. Creeps me out, ugly world out there and I try not to stare. I do read the newspaper almost everyday, tthough. I guess I like censoring myself a little. Or at least it feels like self-censorship when I skip the really aweful stories and read only the heartfelt tearjerking stuff or the sports if I want. Everyone's got their own adgenda, their own bais, so of course they feed us what they want to sell us, or turn us towards, or make us aware of. They've got the money and the newspaper company, so why wouldn't they?
As far as the idea of a 'gatekeeper', good luck anymore. Newsworthiness? I mean, a waterskiing squirrel is the bomb, lets face it!

andrew rodriguez said

at 3:06 am on Mar 17, 2011

I dont keep up with news that much in accordance too newspapers or television, but I do always check the front page of Yahoo whenever I go on the internet. There are some very interesting stories on there and they always pertain to stuff I am interested in. I dont have that much time to get a newspaper or watch the news on tv to be informed. So the internet is a lot more quicker and easier for me. My big source of news comes from Twitter and Facebook. Even though they are not credible, I learn a lot from the people I follow or are friends with on social networks. Ill read something some one posted and if Im interested ill search it on Google to get more details.

Juleane said

at 3:43 am on Mar 17, 2011

This week's workshop and book reading really captured my interest. During last semester,I took a course (MCOM 106) that made sure we stayed up-to-date with local, national, and international news and information. As such, I receive text messages from many different organizations: CNN, ABC,LA Times, NY Times, The Washington Post,Mercury News, SD
Union Tribune, and maybe a couple others I may have forgotten on a regular basis. This is my regularly contact with what's going on around me, globally, and at home. However, when I'm at home with my family it's CNN, MSNBC, and local news, but mostly CNN. In my parent's house, my mom in particular she hates entertainment: reality tv, sports, celebrity news, she hates all things fake and believes it's a senseless and infantile waste of time. Even though she understands that the news is not always "fair" or "balanced" more often than not especially compared to entertainment tv, it's based on something real.
The News Media and Truth video/bed time story, articles, and workshop slides basically reiterate the same notion that there is little trust in the media whether it be a political issue or not. Personally, I know that there's bias everywhere even my favorite news anchor A.C has special interests, but it's nice to lie for however long, that he has my/the public's interest in mind when he enters our homes from the TV screen. What drives me mad and turns my stomach are gatekeepers because they decide essentially what IS and ISN'T news which is somewhat troubling. They decide what we do and do not see. There is no objective source of information. It's nice to trick yourself sometimes, but in reality it's impossible.

Justine Cranford said

at 9:16 am on Mar 17, 2011

This was a great workshop. I think its interesting to see what main stream news media channels we watch and believe. I find it very interesting because I watch television news and feel I have to believe it because of some news stations tell the truth. Or do they? The world doesn\'t know what\'s true or what\'s fake. As a person watching television we have a specific perspective on what goes in and what goes out. Abc fox news and CNN are my channels I trust because they are main stream. The workshop presents an overwhelming Outlook or credibility and is it true or not? This workshop really woke me up on what to trust and what not to trust and all the advantages and disadvantages presented to me. From this I will take to not trust anything at all.

gre_89@hotmail.it said

at 10:03 pm on Mar 21, 2011

As an Italian national, the idea that journalists in the United States are educated, largely white and male was admittedly surprising to me. The number of jobs for this profession has reduced, making it a registered tendency to be hesitant to question authority. Is that acceptable? The press has the primary objective of maximizing profit, and the collision of media and business has ruined journalistic integrity. Although still, this interpretation of the role of the journalist is the exact opposite of its historical function, identified with the enforcement of rules by those in power to encourage that correct information is being divulged to the public.

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