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Missing pieces in the Toronto Star sold

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nour bakr

on 13 October 2012

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Missing Pieces in the Sold “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success” (Thomas A. Edison), it seems that newspapers take such an approach. Is everything written in the newspaper just there to be sold and to fill in space in the paper even if it’s not worthy of being reported?
Looking at an article called Butler admits betraying Pope in the Toronto star, I would say it is unnecessary to have it at this time as there is neither useful information nor any resolution to the case until the following Wednesday. It seems that this article is there to fill in space that needs to be sold its surly not there to inform. Paolo Gabriele shown in 2007, may face four years in prison if convicted. Looking at the organizational perspectives one understands that it seeks to understand why media organizations, a specific medium, or mass media institution produces the kinds of content it does (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.41). Organizational structure and processes shapes the daily output of media product we know as “news” (Ott & Mack, 2010,p58). Ideally, news should provide the public with accurate and reliable information (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.58). Although Lance Bennet explains that “what news makers promote as timely, important, or interesting from which news organizations select , narrate, and package for transmission” (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.58). In other words, news is produced and not discovered (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.58). Looking at the specific strict professional conventions that govern how news is gathered and reported which are driven in large by the profit- motive or the desire of news organizations to produce the news cheaply and efficiently, one can analyze the article Butler admits betraying pope. Informational bias is one of many news- reporting conventions and it refers to how a story is structured and told, and most news stories display four informational biases personalization, dramatization, fragmentation and authority- disorder(Ott & Mack, 2010,p.62). The article Butler admits betraying Pope is structured in a personalization concept as it only focuses on one individual who is Gabriele 46 old year butler. The article concentrated on the fact of whether he is guilty or not, only mentioning what he has to say. Only explaining his perspective of the crime he is being convicted with. Lance Bennett explains that the focus on individual people is designed to make stories feel more personal, direct and immediate (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.62). Looking at the article, one could see quotations from Gabriele were he expresses how he believes that he is not guilty even though he leaked the Pope’s papers. “I want to expose the evil and corruption in the church to bring the church back on the right track” (October 3rd Toronto star A11). The reporter only focused on the fact that Gabriele is confessing although the reporter did not make what Gabriele said clear to the reader. This raises the fact that the reader might in fact neither know nothing about this church nor the leaked papers which without doubt causes confusion since the information given has no base when it comes to some of the readers’ knowledge. Therefore some readers would react to such a report as truthful or unbiased since they have no kind of knowledge to question what they are reading. Having no information that helps the reader to understand what is truly happening causes the news story’s value to decrease as the reader does not gain any kind of information except that a butler named Gabriele leaked a Pope’s papers. Unlike the article this video gives more information which makes it somewhat less bias. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drkM9Ak_lYw( youtube) The second informational bias is authority-disorder, looking at the article one sees how authority is trying to solve the situation although it seems that government cannot act quickly enough. It is shocking that the Italian government is this unproductive and slow which causes great tension. The conviction that Gabriele was convicted with was that he leaked papal letters to an Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. Such documents that were leaked were then published in Nuzzi’s book “His Holiness: Pope Benedict XVI’s Private papers”. It seems that Nuzzi was not questioned about the publishing of such documents or that is the kind of information that is missing from this article. One would think that the Italian government would charge Nuzzi for publishing such private documents although it seems that all the attention is on who leaked the papers. The lack of information about Nuzzi keeps the reader confused on who should be charged and how the Italian government is taking action as there is no kind of information describing what kind of process the Italian government is taking. This leaves the reader thinking that the Italian government is at fault even though the reader as no knowledge about how such a government runs. This story is without doubt worthy of being reported although it should not have been reported when it was published when aspects of it were still unclear. Although we know that journalists are under considerable economic pressures to find audience – grabbing stories on short deadlines with minimal resources (Ott & Mack, 2010, p.61). Consequently, the selection of news stories often has little to do with newsworthiness (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.61). This explains the journalistic beats that were spotted instantly by looking at the newspaper’s headlines. Most of the news in the Toronto Star’s October 3rd daily newspaper was at places and institutions where news is expected to occur on any given day, in this case they were primarily courthouses and election halls. Toronto Star could have reported something that is worth more at the time then to report a Butler admits betraying pope which had missing information which was unnecessary and confusing. Whether the story was full or not it was reported this is a result to agenda settings. Agenda setting refers to the power of the media to influence what people are concerned and care about; by covering some news stories and not others (Ott & Mack, 2010,p.42). One understands that this is an important story but again why report it if there are pieces missing, the answer would be to make sure that the reader buys the newspaper again on Wednesday to read what happened which means to influence what the audiences thinks about; which is the whole idea of agenda setting which goes back to the strict conventions that govern news gathering that is largely driven by the profit- motive. The article “Butler admits betraying pope” has too many aspects that are not present which causes the article to be confusing as news to be reported although it tends to grab some people’s attention to know more. The story bases its information on one individual while leaving out the Pope, Nuzzi and even the thoughts of the public. It has no kind of information about how the government is trying to solve such a case. It gives the reader one message without going into details and making it clear which can be due to the reason that the trail will resume on Wednesday. Therefore it was unnecessary of reporting this case before Wednesday as a lot of information is unclear. It was clear that this article is an outcome of short deadlines and minimal resources in which journalists have and also is the cause of the profit- motive of the newspaper itself which is to sell even if the news does not provide any accurate and reliable information.

Work Cited
Mark,L. R & Ott,L. B. (2010). Critical Media Studies : An Introduction. Chichester: Wiley- Blackwell
Winflied,Nicole.(2012, October 03). Buter admites betraying Pope.Toronto Star, p.A11 http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=butler+admits+betraying+pope+toronto+star+article&um=1&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1366&bih=624&tbm=isch&tbnid=LQZNCZN4fDOORM:&imgrefurl=http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/06/paolo-gabriele-guilty_n_1944716.html&docid=EHqjo253bhayuM&imgurl=http://i.huffpost.com/gen/804296/thumbs/r-PAOLO-GABRIELE-GUILTY-large570.jpg&w=570&h=238&ei=u054UL6oFoONyAHBsoHQAw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=533&vpy=176&dur=132&hovh=145&hovw=348&tx=274&ty=60&sig=115022194870784325030&page=1&tbnh=127&tbnw=278&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:73 ALso in the Toronto Star at
Winflied,Nicole.(2012, October 03). Buter admites betraying Pope.Toronto Star, p.A11 By: Nour Bakr
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