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Journalism In The Digital Age


found in: social studies, 9-12

Journalism In The Digital Age traces how journalism has changed in America for grade 9-12 social studies and journalism students. It could serve as a starting point for a research project.

The Fourth Estate has covers journalistic objectives, ethics, and ethical dilemmas. The Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics: Seek Truth and Report It, Minimize Harm, Act Independently, and Be Accountable is elaborated and pdfs of poster, flyer, and two-sided bookmark are provided. The Al-Jazeera Code of Ethics is included. Two ethical dilemmas are introduced: confidentiality and The Pentagon Papers. The Post (2017) starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep could be used to introduce a unit on Daniel Ellsberg and the publication of the papers.

History  describes changes in journalism from print in the colonies to Cable News and the Internet. Two sections look at the Gilded Age and the role of newspapers in exposing widespread corruption and excesses and the Progressive Era and the call for new labor laws, antitrust enforcement, environmentalism, women’s suffrage.

Economics of Journalism outlines the trends in communication that have made it harder for print journalism to compete.

Effects of the Internet follows up on economics by observing that the Internet has increased news readership while reducing revenue. Identifies the two biggest changes as blogging and user-based journalism and content aggregators.

Voices of Journalism looks at the careers of five young journalists who have worked in print and on the Internet.

Further Reading is an annotated bibliography of print and video resources. Two of the resource links are dead. So use the following: Charlie Rose – Emanuel Cleaver, Laura Richardson, Arianna Huffington, Thomas Curley, Robert Morgenthau (52:57) and Magazines Blur Line Between Ad and Article.

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