The Myth of the ‘Mass Media’

The media has been bought and paid for by the political establishment! Newspapers should stick to reporting facts! Journalism is dead! All of the above exclamations (and many more of its ilk) have been the refrain of one of the most popular conspiracy theories of this year’s campaign cycle: that the ‘mass media’ (whatever that…

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Journalism 202: YouTube and Copyright Issues

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Current Events] Stepping away from traditional media for a moment, many journalists – especially those who’ve been in the business for a while – tend to forget that just a few clicks away on their computers, a…

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Journalism 202: Preparing For the Future

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Personal Choice] I’ve been maintaining this blog for the better part of three years, and as of today, it has more than 230 posts on various topics. I’d like to think of myself as a content creator,…

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Journalism 202: Memorable Advertisements

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Prompt] As consumers, we’re blasted with dozens of advertisements a day, trying to sell us products or change our point of view on something. The best commercials, though, are ones that consumers, through word of mouth, seek…

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Journalism 202: Who Inspires Me?

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Prompt] Everyone has a father figure, a mentor, to whom they look up to when they finally reach their long-awaited goal in life. There’s always someone they thank in their end-of-the-year speeches, their Oscars, or Emmys, or…

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Journalism 202: Breaking News Analysis

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Current Events] Last Monday, tragedy unfolded when a distraught shooter — motive still unknown — unleashed a hailstorm of bullets inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing twelve before ending his own life amid a fierce gunfight with…

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Journalism 202: What’s Wrong With News?

This post is an assignment for my Journalism 202 class — please keep that in mind when reading. [Prompt] “What is wrong with news?” This single question drives dozens of boardroom meetings, panicked water-cooler discussions, and mourning asides every day in newsrooms around the world. Subject to plummeting readership, declining consumer confidence, and growing dissatisfaction…

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