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"Scientific Thinking and the World Around Us" - What is News?

How journalists decide on news stories and how consumers should analyze news. Presentation created for the Scientific Thinking course at AUC.
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kim fox

on 13 October 2014

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Transcript of "Scientific Thinking and the World Around Us" - What is News?

What is News?
Scientific Thinking
and the
World Around Us
Center for Media
Literacy article:
News: Beyond the Myth of Objectivity
IMPARTIALITY
Guidelines for
a news story
analyzing
EXAMPLE:
The Guardian
Compare Headlines and Story Content
identify Politically-charged Labels, adjectives and Verbs
Be on the look out for language that's
Be on the look out for language that's
Follow up on sources and their affiliations
Consider whether the placement of ideas and sources affects story impact
Many stories are written in the
inverted pyramid style
The most part of the story should be listed first
important
alternative perspectives =
... diverse viewpoints
to the news stories connected with them
Be suspicious of polls and statistics
Who conducted the poll?
Where did the come from?
what's the difference between
"Egyptian student protests hit elite Cairo university"
an editorial
&
an op-ed
(opposite-editorial)
Pay attention to the difference between
CITIZEN JOURNALISM
TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM
&
something to think about
NEWS ETHICS
MEDIA ETHICS
Compare photographs and photo captions
FOR MORE INFO
SUBJECTIVE
JOURNALIST
objectivity
&
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
IMPARTIALITY
being objective, fair, lack of bias
OBJECTIVITY
SENSATIONAL
Do the story and the images
complement each other?
Question the credibility of the
stats
a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.
EDITORIAL
Kim Fox

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
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kimfox@aucegypt.edu
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/sep/15/egyptian-student-protests-american-university-cairo
http://bit.ly/Whatisnews
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