MECPS Mass Communication Blog Fall 2012

Increasing Media Literacy

Do Now: 4/26

Today we are going to be discussing controversial issues in journalism. 

Do Now: In your opinion is journalism worth dying for?

Students should be able to:

  • Discuss the role and value of a free press.

  • Understand the principles of journalism

  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of publishing a controversial story that could put a newspaper and its staff at risk.

  • Decide whether or not a paper should publish such a controversial story.

 

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14 comments on “Do Now: 4/26

  1. richboy007
    April 26, 2013

    I don’t believe that opinions are really anything that something that some one should die over, just to be one person against a whole crowd should stay complaisant and accept what they say yet you could share your opinion among a group and choose to make a movement from that point

  2. ccclayton
    April 26, 2013

    I think that the question means is the gathering of information worth dying for. I do believe that it is worth dying for. information is knowledge, and knowledge is power. anything to get power goes.

  3. jackzhong23
    April 26, 2013

    I don’t think its worth dying for,since your risking your life for a story that other people will have or not even last long.Jobs like being a police,firefighter or doctors are worth dying for,they dying for reason like in 9/11.Reporter would get killed just for getting stories in like the middle east.It not worth a life for a story.

  4. ulysessmall
    April 26, 2013

    I don’t think journalism is ever worth dying for. There’s no story big enough for someone to risk or give their life for. The cost of a story is never worth more than the cost of a life.

  5. Khalon
    April 26, 2013

    I think the question means are you willing to give up your freedom or physical existence to get the story out to the world. I do believe its worth dying for if the story is good enough like something that will change the world as we know it.

  6. giselleashby
    April 26, 2013

    I think the question can go to ways as a journalist is getting the story worth putting your all out which includes like spying or doing something illegal or unmoral to get the story. To me it can also mean, is journalism an important part of your life. If a story is good, I think the story is worth “dying for.”

  7. sdonaldson11213
    April 26, 2013

    Journalism is only worth dying for if you die doing what you love. For example news reporters who travel to war zones, and do reports in bad conditions , those people are doing what they love, and if they die while doing their job it would be worth it

  8. dianwelch
    April 26, 2013

    In my opinion journalism is not worth dying for because news is important but not important for me to die over it, but if the news is good then okay i guess.

  9. rjreeves2
    April 26, 2013

    Journalism is a broad and diverse world. If the subject is something controversial or life-changing like the issues in the Middle East, some are willing to die to get stories. I believe that if you’re passionate enough about a topic, then you can determine it is “worth dying for”.

  10. ozzypmedia
    April 26, 2013

    No I don’t think journalism is worth dying for in my opinion. I believe that there is news everywhere and if news is every then information is everywhere. But there are people who may love journalism so much that it is their passion. Being something that they would die over,

  11. tlawal
    April 26, 2013

    Journalism Is not worth dying for, nothing is. Journalism howvere could change the world as we know it, but if such an event is not discovered early it would be eventually, and therefore there is no need to die for it. In additiion journalism is knowledge, knowledge is power. Take adam and eve for example, knowledhe itself is what caused them to die, and granted all us humans with a huge burden carried on from generation to generation.

  12. kadeemrichards
    April 26, 2013

    Discuss the role and value of a free press.
    The role and value of free press is not restricted or controlled by government censorship regarding politics or ideology.

    Understand the principles of journalism.
    A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, JOURNALISM’S FIRST OBLIGATION IS TO THE TRUTH, ITS FIRST LOYALTY IS TO CITIZENS, ITS ESSENCE IS A DISCIPLINE OF VERIFICATION, ITS PRACTITIONERS MUST MAINTAIN AN INDEPENDENCE FROM THOSE THEY COVER, IT MUST SERVE AS AN INDEPENDENT MONITOR OF POWER, IT MUST PROVIDE A FORUM FOR PUBLIC CRITICISM AND COMPROMISE, IT MUST STRIVE TO MAKE THE SIGNIFICANT INTERESTING AND RELEVANT, IT MUST KEEP THE NEWS COMPREHENSIVE AND PROPORTIONAL, ITS PRACTITIONERS MUST BE ALLOWED TO EXERCISE THEIR PERSONAL CONSCIENCE.

    Evaluate the benefits and risks of publishing a controversial story that could put a newspaper and its staff at risk.
    The benefits and risk of publishing a controversial story is making it public, to much emphasis of a broad cast, investigation, asking questions to whomever.

    Decide whether or not a paper should publish such a controversial story.
    It depends on what the story is, its god for the world to know the truth, but some storys shouldnt be shared if you know the risk it took to make the story

  13. kadeemrichards
    April 26, 2013

    I dont think journalism is worth dying for, its ok for the public to know the truth but some storys shouldnt be touched if you know its going to put your life in a danger. Cause not 100% of the time people are successful encountering there storys, taking the risk, and accomplish in one piece, and live to see many other days

  14. harajukucouture98tash
    April 26, 2013

    I don’t believe journalism is worth dying for but i do believe gettting the information is very important.But to risk your life is not very a smart choice i mean it is your job but i believe your life is more imprtant.

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