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Shelves: non-fiction The matarial is certainly thought-provoking, especially their examination of the "Journalism of Affirmation" which made me realize how much I, as well as most others, select my sources of information based on the ones with which I agree the most. The strongest point for me is the idea of our OWN responsibility in choosing our sources The matarial is certainly thought-provoking, especially their examination of the "Journalism of Affirmation" which made me realize how much I, as well as most others, select my sources of information based on the ones with which I agree the most. The strongest point for me is the idea of our OWN responsibility in choosing our sources of information. I really like the last chapter, which stressed that we should first decide WHAT we want to have information about--and suddenly I was liberated from having to think of news as mainly political. The authors suggest that we should have a list of interests and hone in on deepening our knowledge about and appreciation of THOSE interests--rather than letting the bombardment of media choose for us.

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The authors, Kovach and Rosenstiel, each have decades of experience in the journalism industry. Rosenstiel, a media critic and author, founded the Project for Excellence in Journalism and works with the Pew Research Center.

Who is the audience for the book? This is the third, and all three of them were designed for both purposes — both for journalists who are in the process of transitioning to a new kind of journalism because of the impact of the communications technology revolution, which has undermined the economic model of old journalism, and the massive audience that the new communications technology has made.

I mean, anyone, anywhere can be a reporter of the next big news incident. Anyone can be a reporter now, and in terms of the information citizens need because they have access to the online presentation of information from hundreds of sources, they are becoming their own editors. Is any of those models better than the other? If that does not survive, then the whole notion of democracy begins to disintegrate. The whole notion of public opinion on which democracy is based grew out of the invention of the printing press.

That, for the first time, gave ordinary people information about the behavior of people in the institutions that had power of their lives. Once they had that information, they had a chance to have a voice on how those people in those institutions behaved.

The two were born together, the two will die together. In that sense, journalism of verification is the key to the survival of democracy. It is reporting, but it is also opinion journalism. It is also an event announced, a fact announced, before the truth is known. Kovach and Rosenstiel offer a comparative list of what journalists can do to complement a news story with what journalists can do on the web to complement stories.

Some examples of web complements include: graphics, author biography, timelines, FAQs and linking Page The new newsroom must change, Kovach and Rosenstiel argue.

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Blur: How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload

Tell others about this book Lorem About Blur Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Age-the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia-veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a pragmatic guide to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. Yes, old authorities are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of knowledge has changed. But seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism. How do we discern what is reliable?

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