Monday, August 19, 2013

Fall 2013 opening assignments

1. Read these links from the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/world/middleeast/egypt-lashes-at-foreign-news-media-over-coverage.html?emc=eta1

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/08/201381784513977931.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/business/media/al-jazeera-america-promises-a-more-sober-look-at-the-news.html?emc=eta1

2. What is Al Jazeera? Why is it important? Where did it get started? Check Wikipedia
3. Why would some distrust it? But what is the value of having it as a news source?.
4.  Be able to find Egypt, The Sinai, Israel, Libya on a map..
5. Why is Egypt important to the U.S?

Assignment: In the comments section below, post a two sentence comment about the Al Jazeera link , by 5 p.m.  Aug. 21.
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19 comments:

  1. It seems in Egypt choosing a side is either one way or the other. Everyone is confused and it is hard for him or her to believe what is actually credible from any media source and probably why some citizens have resorted to only trusting what they hear on the streets.

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  2. I think it's interesting that massive news sources like CNN or Politico haven't really been impacted or challenged since 2007. AJA is going to really put a lot of pressure on our current news sources, but I think it's good that the channel wants to focus on strictly fact-based news and also doesn't have to worry much about making money through ads/product placement/etc. That should help them maintain their integrity.

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  3. While it may incite many to become overjoyed at the imminent arrival of a news channel that doesn't bow to the whims of commercial consumerism, I'd be hesitant to break out the party hats just yet. The key words to look at in the article are "start up". This is an entirely different animal that Al-Jazeera are trying to domesticate and the American paradigm (as we all know) is wholly different to that or Europe or (especially) the Middle East. While my hopes ride high for the channel, I don't believe I'll be planning any long term plans around its existence just yet.

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  4. The outstanding characteristic of the truth is to have a power that destroys untrue strcutures and unveil the untruth, finding out a way of going out of the reality through righteous pathways or media. Even though Al Jazeera is difficult to bear from lots of pressure, this broadcasting channel has to stay alive for the diversity of the communitiy's voice.

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  5. It seems to me that many people are in a frenzy over Al Jazeera America's new sober look at news. I think that if this channel can stay true to its journalistic mission of ‘less opinion and more fact’, then they will do well and the people will not have anything to worry about.

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  6. Al Jazeera is influential channel in Arab countries, and I think thir view which is from Arab and Muslim world is goign to be really interesting for American people. But mant american people still have bad images to Al Jazeer because of Sepetamber 11 attacks. It going to be really difficult to break the American image to Al Jazeera and get new viewers, so I think they need something differnt with other big channel.

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  7. In my personal opinion I don't think that any news source could ever be un-biased. Most Americans will probably already be skeptical of Al Jazeera for exposing the voices of terrorists at some point in time. Especially regarding the Bin Laden issue. Eventually every news source will take sides and try to push particular view points. I think this also holds true for Al Jazeera. Who knows, maybe terrorist groups around the world can use Al Jazeera as another source to find out what's going on in different parts of the world to help them plan their next attack.

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  8. I agree with Woojoon, the diversity of the region relies on the AJ network. News is bias towards one ideal no matter what country you're discussing. The way bias news programming florishes is only when the minority and majority both get representation. If one party political faction feels it is being undermined, it will find ways (through violence or otherwise) to make its presence known.

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  9. I believe that news will always be justified as long as it is presenting the absolute truth. But as Americans we will never feel safe about the Al Jazeera, because all we know now theses days is that anything outside of the U.S. is terrorism. Until we are comfortanle in accepting that terrorism doesn't revolve around everything we will always be skeptical

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  10. I think that Americans will be skeptical to Al Jazeera, in the sense that they know they have several other choices from which to chose to get the news. I think Al Jazeera is trying to persuade people in order to grow its audience. For instance, their commercials being cut in half the time of regular television.

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  11. As some have already said on here, Al Jazeera has given a voice to terrorists in the past and will have to overcome that view some Americans still hold against it. I find it interesting they feel they will provide an unbiased view because they will not have to kowtow to advertisement, but in the end they are still being paid and whoever signs those checks may have their own agenda.

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  12. Media should be represent public voice not the country, but the Egyptian public extremely suspicious of their national media,because their media always cover the turth. Al jazeera is trying to improve their status in order to win the trust of people. Terrorism has always been a problem that needed to resolve,but people from all over the world haven't found the right way, so terrorism is still a nightmare enwinding people.

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  13. I think that many people are taking the Al Jazeera thing a little out of hand. It is a news website that seems to do well at staying fairly objective. That is what news needs to be. I think if they stay objective and work towards that goal always, there is nothing to worry about.

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  14. The media in Egypt should have a sense of responsibility to give the truth in their stories, rather than to point fingers when they're not sure in the first place. That is the first mistake. The second, people should choose to be wise in what they believe. I understand that certain people do completely rely on a particular media in what to believe about current events. However, I don't think they should completely bite on certain stories without some supporting evidence. They should choose to be more wise in what they believe, waiting for more facts that can prove events as true.

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  15. I feel news of any kind will never be completely unbiased. No mater what news is coming out from Al Jazeera, Americans will constantly feel slanted towards what is happening due to events that have occurred in the past. But as long as they are doing what they can to make sure that they are telling as much fact as possible, than that is the best they can do.

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  16. I think Americans will be skeptical of the station at first because of past events involving the news source. But I think Americans should be skeptical of every news source and read or watch multiple outlets to gain a better perspective of what is happening and to determine the truth for themselves. It will be nice to have a news channel with less celebrity news, but the American people will definitely make Al Jazeera prove themselves.

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  17. I believe Al Jazeera will have a hard time being taken seriously in America. Many in this country hold a prejudice against those from the Arab world and I am afraid that a news organization may have to face the same prejudice as it tries to get more viewership.

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  18. All news is bias. Good journalism seeks to remove as much bias as humanly possible. That's a little hard to do when money is involved. Al Jazeera will probably not be any Americans sole news source, and rightfully so. It does, however, prove to be an effective supplement to other news sources.

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  19. Sadie Jones

    People are very skeptical of Al Jazeera due to the previous terrorist attacks. This is a very understandable reason of why Americans would be skeptical of this. the only way for us to trust Al Jazeera is for them to hold true to what their goal is, keep everything news related from a journalistic perspective. I think that if they hold true to their mission that they will be very successful because they are a lot less commercialized.

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