Posted by: kklist | April 20, 2016

Readers Thoughts on Journalism & Ethics

Hiya Ethics,

James just sent me this AP story on a recent API poll of readers’ views on journalism and journalism ethics.

Journalism is held in low esteem because readers question its credibility, as measured by accuracy, fairness, sources and diversity, all of which are mentioned, and they also express skepticism about social media and advertising.

“Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.

The timing of this piece is perfect because it should make all of us feel that our time together in Journalism Ethics has been well spent:  we care about the same things our audiences do, and we care enough to study these issues and make them a priority.

I’ll send you an email later tonight with the short photo assignment, which is due Thursday.  And here’s a calendar for this week:

Tuesday:  Practice Interview with Matt Vautour, who covers UMass sports for the Hamp Gazette

Thursday:  Finish Photo discussion;  Discuss Interviews.  (If you’ve done your interview, you’ll share the most important thing you’ve learned. If you haven’t done the interview, you can tell us who you’re talking to and why.)

See you Tuesday!

best,

k
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