40 years on from Watergate, journalism has gone through tectonic shifts that affect how reporters get their stories. We examine those shifting ethical grounds with gawker.com senior reporter John Cook. We discuss topics ranging from Christopher Hitchens, Barbara Walters, the FOXNews mole, the Church of Scientology, the Sandusky trial and more–always with one eye on the place for integrity in journalism in the ‘gotcha!’-age. John is not afraid to demystify his subjects–even when he happens to admire them–and be an advocate for truthful media. It’s a striking discussion. GUEST BIO: John Cook is a senior reporter for Gawker Media and has worked as a TV reporter and writer for Radar magazine, Mother Jones and the Chicago Tribune. ADD’L LINKS: twitter.com gawker.com blogs.villagevoice.com EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 The uncensored obituary–demystifying Mike Wallace. 00:37 Welcoming John Cook. 04:30 To Catch a Predator and the ethics of journalism collaborating with law enforcement. 07:30 Barbara Walters coverage of Assad and Syria. 10:11 Eulogizing Christopher Hitchens with honesty. 15:02 Is there a place for disparaging people you disagree with in journalism? 16:45 The Clinton impeachment and the punishable offenses of a president. 20:57 The temptation to shut up and follow the party line. 21:37 Barack Obama and the fast and furious controversy. 22:39 The Fox Mole, infiltrating Bill O’reilly for Gawker and the repercussions. 27:51 If Watergate was reported today…paying for … Video Rating: 4 / 5
“A local Ohio reporter grilled President Obama forcefully about his controversial so-called “kill list” on Tuesday. Obama has been making an aggressive effort to speak to local reporters during the 2012 campaign, and Ben Swann, a reporter for Fox 19 in Cincinnati, used some of his minutes to press him about the list, which has the names of people who the administration has selected for targeted drone strikes. Press reports about the program have been the subject of heated political arguments on Capitol Hill. Swann was remarkably frank about the interview in a “Reality Check” segment. It was, in several ways, a tougher, more skeptical segment than viewers would find on many a national news program…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down. *Read more here from Jack Mirkinson in The Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com Support The Young Turks by Subscribing bit.ly Like Us on Facebook: www.fb.com Follow Us on Twitter: bit.ly Buy TYT Merch: theyoungturks.spreadshirt.com Find out how to watch The Young Turks on Current by clicking here: www.current.com Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Dimples: What steps should I take in becoming a news reporter?
What should I be doing NOW as a sophomore in high school? My school isn’t that big, and the only thing that is helping me with reporting is the newspaper and my english honors class. Is there anything else I can be doing? Or do I just have to wait until college?
***Also, is Northwestern a good school for what I want to pursue? I also don’t know what to study for my major…………. Communications, Journalism, Advertising, Broadcast Journalism? What should I take a minor in? Thanks so much.
Answer by Snoot Your English course will be a big help. Check to see what college offers the best courses fin journalism. Normally broadcast, communications, and public relations is offered within journalism major. In your second year of college be sure you do internship with a newspaper group because it may lead to a job or resources. In the meantime, check with your junior college and see if journalism is offered for the summer session.
EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Media Mayhem gets a taste of true crime reportage with George Jared. We talk about his no-holds barred coverage of the West Memphis Three, and address some of the journalistic pitfalls that threaten to take the teeth out of reporting disturbing cases. George is a natural storyteller and he delivers the hard facts regarding horrifying crimes, along with taking great pains to understand the line between sensationalism and enthralling writing. GUEST BIO: George Jared is a true crime reporter for Arkansas’ Jonesboro Sun. A graduate of Lyon College, Jared started his journalism career in 2004. Throughout his career he has covered a number of high profile murder cases including the West Memphis 3, the Green capital murder trials and other heinous crimes. In 2010 he wrote a series of comprehensive stories after interviewing Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3. He has also covered politics including stories of former President Clinton. George has won two first place awards from the Associated Press for investigative, news and feature writing. ADD’L LINKS: www.jonesborosun.com www.wm3blackboard.com EPISODE SYNOPSIS: 00:01 Media Mayhem opening. 03:20 How George got involved with the West Memphis Three case. 04:30 Initial responses and reactions to the accused. 08:16 The reader’s reaction to graphic language in the newspaper. 09:48 When the case started to turn for George. 14:22 Broaching the subject of possible innocence with the readership and community. 17 … Video Rating: 3 / 5