The Two W's of Journalism: The Why and What of Public by Davis "Buzz" Merritt

By Davis "Buzz" Merritt

During this well timed quantity, the authors explore public affairs journalism, a convention that lies on the center of the journalism occupation. They transcend the journalistic guide for reporting and offering information to mirror on why journalism works how it does. Asking present and destiny newshounds the severe questions, "Why will we do it?" and "What are the methods of enjoyable the ambitions of journalism?" their dialogue stimulates the exam of latest perform, probing the rules of public affairs journalism. With its specified exam of things influencing present journalistic perform, the 2 W's of Journalism enhances and expands at the abilities and strategies provided in reporting, enhancing, and information writing textbooks. The views offered right here facilitate knowing of the bigger position journalism has in society. As such, the quantity is a wonderful supplemental textual content for reporting and writing classes, and for introductory classes on journalism. it's going to additionally supply worthy insights to practising newshounds.

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7 Putnam, "Bowling alone" p. 22. 8 Robert D. " Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. 6 CONFLICTING VISIONS OF DEMOCRACY 25 1) the associational involvement of citizens—their civic-ness and 2) newspaper reading. Social capital, then, is real and in its public manifestation as civic capital contributes heavily to the overall success of a society. So what are the implications for journalism and democracy of the trend toward self-privatization mentioned earlier? Again, there are no brightly limned answers; there are only ideas, and Putnam and Schudson offered differing views for our consideration as we think about the environment for 21 st century public affairs reporting.

Sifting through all of the factors, Putnam and his associates came on a startling fact: The two most consistent predictors of a region's success were 5 Putnam, "Bowling alone" p. 19. Putnam, "Bowling alone" p. 21. 7 Putnam, "Bowling alone" p. 22. 8 Robert D. " Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. 6 CONFLICTING VISIONS OF DEMOCRACY 25 1) the associational involvement of citizens—their civic-ness and 2) newspaper reading. Social capital, then, is real and in its public manifestation as civic capital contributes heavily to the overall success of a society.

If I am right in contending that we should value the press to the precise degree that it sustains public life, that it helps keep the conversation going among us, and that we devalue the press to the degree that it seeks to inform us and turn us into silent spectators, then there are two diremptions of the central meaning of the First Amendment against which we must be on guard. The first is the tendency of the press to treat us like a client, a group with childlike dependence and an eight-year-old mind incapable of functioning at all without our daily dose of the news....

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