Tuesday, November 15, 2005

McChesney & Williams feedback assignment

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Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2005 12:48:11 -0500
From: Kara Tajima
Subject: McChesney & Williams feedback assignment

ASSIGNMENT FOR TUESDAY: Use Williams visit and McChesney discussion in
Chap. 6 to write a 200-word essay describing the U.S. media system you
would put in place if you had complete control to re-design government
policies and regulation and media ownership. What values or objectives
would you try to achieve? Email by 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14.

Kara Tajima
Issues in Journalism
Bill Densmore

After listening to Eesha Williams ideas on the U.S media and present journalism, I realized that there are a variety of journalistic styles. Williams preference is "Grassroots Journalism", newswriting that inspires people to become active in their approach, not just angry.
I think that "the media" is at a turning point in history. With the technology of computers expanding before our eyes, print news media has never faced such a challenge. Our society hungers for quickness and accesibilty, all attributes that the internet can give to the fast paced reader on the go.
While community news blogs like iBrattelboro encourage citizenship journalism, I have to say that I agree with Williams, and would classify myself as a skeptic. Uncensored blogs allow the idea of more biased and opinionated freelance journalism, verses, factual, well researched, educated news stories.
I would like to see journalists establish more of a name for ourselves with; credibility, education, and overall respect. Critics find fault with people of the press trying to take on a superior role, however, I think that a journalist represents the people, an insider at times, someone who can inform newsworthy events in the public's best interest. The media has come a long way, and still has a long way to go. In the future I hope to see people involved recieve more credit, for the time and effort they put into their work for the good of the people, and the media.

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