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News C.R.A.F.T. Workshop
Dennis Jerzon 26 August 2014
Transcript of News C.R.A.F.T. Workshop
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
"Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all."
Clergy.... Nobility... Commoners
Thomas Carlyle, 1841
British politician Edmund Burke, 17C
A PRIVATE SCHOOL IS NOT CONGRESS, SO THE FIRST AMENDMENT
DOES NOT APPLY. WHAT DOES APPLY IS ACADEMIC FREEDOM.
Functions of Journalism
B4 Facebook: Social Events
Holding politicians to their campaign promises.
Empowering the vulnerable.
Independence from Faction
A 20C financial innovation.
"Yellow Kid" (cartoon, 1890s)
Graphics and Color
War sells more
papers than peace.
So, media titans
agitated for war.
Pulitzer vs. Hearst
Surely your eyes are drawn to
have the obligation to
Make the Important Interesting.
Citizens of a free society
have the obligation to
Le marchand de la mort est mort
(The merchant of death is dead)
1888. Inventor of dynamite reads his own obituary.
Decides the world should
remember him differently.
1948 US Presidential Election
President-elect Truman gleefully displays the erroneous headline.
A printer's strike and the Tribune's anti-Truman bias contributed to the error.
A reporter wanted to march at an event he was assigned to cover...
"You can [bleep] an elephant if you want to. But if you
do, you can't cover
From 1950s opposition
to the Cold War.
Telling the Truth
is a great defense
against libel charges
Comfort the Afflicted...
Wrote an angry letter to the editor.
Hired on the spot
Faked insanity to expose inhumane
conditions in a women's asylum.
Bored by traditional
"female" reporting -- gardening, the arts, soft features....
Filed reports from around the globe
(inspired by Jules Verne book).
Left for Mexico...
Told editor she was now his
Nearly arrested for filing stories
defending a journalist jailed in Mexico
In New York,
denounced Mexican dictator.
"Around the World with Nellie Bly" became a popular board game.
She was also a WWI correspondent.
TV: Creates illusion
of contstant freshness
depth and context.
Crime and the Courts
effective visual design.
Dennis G. Jerz
Seton Hill University
02 Nov 2009