1) This answer concerns war coverage. Be sure to label the answers a) and b).

a) Watch a broadcast report (either television or online) of a conflict in the Middle East. Did you find it too graphic? Explain why and be specific. Also, make two references in your answer to Arielle Emmett’s article, “Too Graphic?”

b) In Deborah Lynn Jaramillo’s article, “The Spectacle of War,” she writes in-depth of the complicated methods used by news organizations to cover wars. She poses the question: What purpose does war coverage serve and how do strategies of representation figure into the larger aims? Answer this question using her article for reference.

2) Explain what Reese and Shoemaker describe in “Studying Influences on Media Content,” as media reality and social reality. In your opinion, how close do the media come to representing an objective reality? Give two examples from local or national news broadcast outlets. Be sure to note which outlets you used. If a network or local TV newscast, write down time of day as well.

3) Give one example of celebrity news that, in your opinion, is genuine news and why. In your answer, cite two concepts from Steve Barkin’s article, “Celebrity News.” Discussions in class referenced Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” and whether or not it can be used as a news source. Does it fall under Celebrity News or News/Information and why or why not?

4) In about 200 words, sum up the important points from the article “Forgive Me Now, Fire Me Later: Mass Communication Students’ Ethics Gap Concerning School and Journalism.” (Need to include methodology.)

5) There are two, unrelated, parts to this answer:

a) In “60 Minutes and the News Magazine,” why was the program considered so revolutionary? What was Don Hewitt’s role? How did “60 Minutes” forge new pathways for news programs? You may also use notes from class lecture.

b) What is the meaning of Cultural Chaos in terms of news in a globalized world, according to Brian McNair’s study?

Too Graphic? :

Forgive Me Now, Fire Me Later:

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