Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Russian News Agency expands

Read this NY Times link: Russian news

Do you agree with the Russian's views that there is no objectivity or not?

Why? Comment below by 5 pm Monday

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Map stuff


International festival

Due to the size of the international festival over the past couple of years, we have outgrown the UCO ballrooms and will be moving the festival to the Edmond Farmers Market this year. We are also inviting the Edmond Public Schools culture clubs and international students from Oklahoma Christian University to participate this year to make the festival even bigger. The festival will take place on November 12th from 3:00-7:00 PM. 

Midterm Test

Midterm test will be Tuesday, Oct. 13. Scantron provided.

Media ethics conference

The conference is Oct. 7-8. Here's the schedule.
Check it today--which session will you attend? You will report your reaction to, or summary of, on it, in a 250-word paper by Oct. 13.
Comment below today, which one you intend to attend.
No class Oct. 8.

Media decline--student comments

Katie Towler, Harold Storey, Jon Manning, Grace Holloway, Abdullah Bashiti, Justin Galletty:
1.     Yes, journalism in general has declined due to the fact that people try to get stories out the fastest instead of the most accurate.
2.     Yes and no, it has its positives and negatives because people can get more sources, but at the same time they’re more biased and it’s hard to decipher.
3.     It reflects it, because the way our country has changed and how all the controversial issues that were once not spoken about are now every where.
4.     No because people wont ever want to give up the freedom of speech, although they may misunderstand what that means we wont ever want to get rid of it.
5.     No, we have specific laws to protect journalists that other countries don’t have.
6.     No, it will keep declining.  

Jackie Ayres, Niki Lackey, Amanda Addis, Cassidy Jackson, Sarah Purcell, Jeremy Deuls, and Drea Gates.

Here are the responses for table one's discussion last Thursday:

1. Yes, social media is contributing to the decline because everyone has the ability to be a "journalist" which can lead to false/libelous stories to be taken as factual. It is often hard to decipher fact from opinion or sensationalism.

2. Yes because multiple outlets of media create different viewpoints/perspectives which creates confusion.

3. It is a two-way street because people can be swayed either way due to media portrayal of each political party.

4. No, if anything the quantity and variety of news sources REFLECT American liberties.

5. No because our country is built upon the idea of liberty and freedom. Our country was founded by men who fled countries that were oppressive in this way.

6. More visual reporting would add to the credibility of the new source. The more viewpoints/camera angles, the better.

        Casey Hunter, Emily Palmer, Taylor Davis. Bryson Moran, Alicia Merrick:

    •    Anyone can voice opinion online, the only way to truly know the truth is to research. There are several sources of the same information but told in multiple positions which can sometimes severely skew the truth for readers.

    •    Anyone who watches certain news stations can/will consider the opposite political view as being false. Politics largely comes into play when it comes to news.

    •    Because media has become more of a business media publication and the audiences receive and distribute news, everyone is responsible for polarization because we fuel the fire.

    •    Though we try to abide by “freedom of speech” those liberties can be taken away, depending on what we are reporting. We don’t think the liberty is threatened because so much “citizen journalism” is spreading through internet reprinting, and those liberties haven’t been taken away yet.

    •    No, we are too hell-bent on our nights as is, that is part of The American Dream. We are not open to change, even if it could be a benefit to us.

    •    If we were headed toward censorship, the only solution is to protest, but with the way Americans consume media, its hard to imagine the night being taken.


 Clark in Africa

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Discussion of dwindling trust in American media

Each Table:
1. Has social media contributed to this decline in trust? Why or why not?
2. Has the increased fragmentation of American media affected it?
3. Is the media responsible for the growing polarization of the county, or does it simply reflect it, or is it a two-way street? Why or why not?
4. Does this trend threaten American liberties? If yes, how?
5. You've seen reactions to free media in other countries. Do you think we're approaching that here?
6. Are there any solutions?

Readings from the New York Times

1. India tries to regulate Social Media

2. Egypt releases journalists

Comment below, by 5 pm Monday, Sept. 28
1. What does this tell you about social media and governments
2. Why do you think Egypt freed these journalists?

The Pope and Zenit

The Pope Speaks to Congress today

What is Zenit? Another "wire" service? The media of The Vatican

Catholicism--1.2 billion Catholics
Top five countries,
According to the CIA Factbook, the five countries with the largest number of Catholics are, in decreasing order of population==Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, USA, Italy.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Contact deadline

Contact by 5 pm Monday, Sept. 21
Post person's name, id below.

Where journalism is dangerous

Committee to Protect Journalists

43 killed so far--Deadliest Countries in 2015

  1. France: 8
  2. Syria: 6
  3. South Sudan: 5
  4. Yemen: 4
  5. Mexico: 4
  1. Brazil: 4
  2. Bangladesh: 4
  3. Iraq: 2
  4. Somalia: 1
  5. Guatemala: 1
  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo: 1
  2. India: 1
  3. Kenya: 1
  4. Ukraine: 1

Do you know who Ernie Pyle was?
Read: D-Day

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 – I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.
It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. 
Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.
The water was full of squishy little jellyfish about the size of your hand. Millions of them. In the center each of them had a green design exactly like a four-leaf clover. The good-luck emblem. Sure. Hell yes.
I walked for a mile and a half along the water’s edge of our many-miled invasion beach. 
You wanted to walk slowly, for the detail on that beach was infinite.
The wreckage was vast and startling. The awful waste and destruction of war, even aside from the loss of human life, has always been one of its outstanding features to those who are in it. Anything and everything is expendable. 
And we did expend on our beachhead in Normandy during those first few hours.
For a mile out from the beach there were scores of tanks and trucks and boats that you could no longer see, for they were at the bottom of the water – swamped by overloading, or hit by shells, or sunk by mines. Most of their crews were lost.
You could see trucks tipped half over and swamped. You could see partly sunken barges, and the angled-up corners of jeeps, and small landing craft half submerged. And at low tide you could still see those vicious six-pronged iron snares that helped snag and wreck them.
On the beach itself, high and dry, were all kinds of wrecked vehicles. There were tanks that had only just made the beach before being knocked out. There were jeeps that had been burned to a dull gray. There were big derricks on caterpillar treads that didn’t quite make it. There were half-tracks carrying office equipment that had been made into a shambles by a single shell hit, their interiors still holding their useless equipage of smashed typewriters, telephones, office files.
There were LCT’s (landing craft tanks) turned completely upside down, and lying on their backs, and how they got that way I don’t know. There were boats stacked on top of each other, their sides caved in, their suspension doors knocked off.
In this shoreline museum of carnage, there were abandoned rolls of barbed wire and smashed bulldozers and big stacks of thrown-away lifebelts and piles of shells still waiting to be moved.
In the water floated empty life rafts and soldiers’ packs and ration boxes, and mysterious oranges.
On the beach lay snarled rolls of telephone wire and big rolls of steel matting and stacks of broken, rusting rifles.
On the beach lay, expended, sufficient men and mechanism for a small war. They were gone forever now. And yet we could afford it.
We could afford it because we were on, we had our toehold, and behind us there were such enormous replacements for this wreckage on the beach that you could hardly conceive of their sum total. Men and equipment were flowing from England in such a gigantic stream that it made the waste on the beachhead seem like nothing at all, really nothing at all.
A few hundred yards back on the beach is a high bluff. Up there we had a tent hospital, and a barbed-wire enclosure for prisoners of war. From up there you could see far up and down the beach, in a spectacular crow’s-nest view, and far out to sea.
And standing out there on the water beyond all this wreckage was the greatest armada man has ever seen. You simply could not believe the gigantic collection of ships that lay out there waiting to unload.
Looking from the bluff, it lay thick and clear to the far horizon of the sea and beyond, and it spread out to the sides and was miles wide. Its utter enormity would move the hardest man.
As I stood up there I noticed a group of freshly taken German prisoners standing nearby. They had not yet been put in the prison cage. They were just standing there, a couple of doughboys leisurely guarding them with tommy guns.
The prisoners too were looking out to sea – the same bit of sea that for months and years had been so safely empty before their gaze. Now they stood staring almost as if in a trance.
They didn’t say a word to each other. They didn’t need to. The expression on their faces was something forever unforgettable. In it was the final horrified acceptance of their doom.
If only all Germans could have had the rich experience of standing on the bluff and looking out across the water and seeing what their compatriots saw.
War Correspondent

Who was Edward R. Murrow?

War Correspondent

Comment below, by 5 pm, Monday, Sept. 21
1. One paragraph: Why do you think anyone would want to be an international journalist today?
2. One paragraph: Comment on what makes Pyle's writing  and Murrow's narration so effective?

Hong Kong, where new media defeats dictatorship

Protests last year
Red and comment below by 5 pm Monday Sept. 21


What does this tell you about the power of new media and is there any way to control it?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Moscow is at 55 degrees N. Latitude--what does that tell you?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why do Americans distrust the media?

Gallup Poll Results

(Read, discuss in groups. Why is this? Is there a danger in this view? If so why? What can be done about it? Is it hopeless?) Comment below.

Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low

Six-percentage-point drops in trust among Democrats and Republicans

by Justin McCarthy
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After registering slightly higher trust last year, Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans' trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s.
Americans' Trust in the Mass Media
Prior to 2004, Americans placed more trust in mass media than they do now, with slim majorities saying they had a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust. But over the course of former President George W. Bush's re-election season, the level of trust fell significantly, from 54% in 2003 to 44% in 2004. Although trust levels rebounded to 50% in 2005, they have failed to reach a full majority since.
Americans' trust in the media in recent years has dropped slightly in election years, including 2008, 2010, 2012, and again this year -- only to edge its way back up again in the following odd-numbered years. Although the differences between the drops and the recoveries are not large, they suggest that something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media's reporting.
Among Democrats, Trust in Media at a 14-Year Low
Trust among Democrats, who have traditionally expressed much higher levels of confidence in the media than Republicans have, dropped to a 14-year low of 54% in 2014. Republicans' trust in the media is at 27%, one percentage point above their all-time low, while independents held steady at 38% -- up one point from 37% in 2013.
Trust in Mass Media, by Party
Sharp Uptick in Americans Who Think News Media Are "Too Conservative"
As has been the case historically, Americans are most likely to feel the news media are "too liberal" (44%) rather than "too conservative," though this perceived liberal bias is now on the lower side of the trend. One in three (34%) say the media are "just about right" in terms of their coverage -- down slightly from 37% last year.
Nearly one in five Americans (19%) say the media are too conservative, which is still relatively low, but the highest such percentage since 2006. This is up six points from 2013 -- the sharpest increase in the percentage of Americans who feel the news skews too far right since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.
Americans' Perceptions of Media Bias
Conservatives (70%) are far more likely than liberals (15%) to perceive the media as too liberal. Moderates' views are closer to liberals, with 35% calling the media too liberal. Likewise, relatively few moderates -- similar to conservatives -- think the media are too conservative.
Democrats -- with a small majority of 52% -- are most likely to think the media are just about right, while a mere 18% of Republicans feel this way about the news. More than seven in 10 Republicans say the media are too liberal.
Perceptions of Media Bias, by Party and Ideology
Bottom Line
Though a sizable percentage of Americans continue to have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media, Americans' overall trust in the Fourth Estate continues to be significantly lower now than it was 10 to 15 years ago.
As the media expand into new domains of news reporting via social media networks and new mobile technology, Americans may be growing disenchanted with what they consider "mainstream" news as they seek out their own personal veins of getting information. At the same time, confidence is down across many institutions, and a general lack in trust overall could be at play.
Americans' opinions about the media appear affected in election years, however. Americans' trust in the media will likely recover slightly in 2015 with the absence of political campaigns. But the overarching pattern of the past decade has shown few signs of slowing the decline of faith in mass media as a whole.
Survey Methods
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 4-7, 2014, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 50% cellphone respondents and 50% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.
Samples are weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, nonresponse, and double coverage of landline and cell users in the two sampling frames. They are also weighted to match the national demographics of gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, population density, and phone status (cellphone only/landline only/both, and cellphone mostly). Demographic weighting targets are based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older U.S. population. Phone status targets are based on the most recent National Health Interview Survey. Population density targets are based on the most recent U.S. census. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting.
In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

George Orwell

From BBC

George Orwell was a British journalist and author, who wrote two of the most famous novels of the 20th century 'Animal Farm' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'.
Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England and, after he left Eton, joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, then a British colony. 

He resigned in 1927 and decided to become a writer. In 1928, he moved to Paris where lack of success as a writer forced him into a series of menial jobs. He described his experiences in his first book, 'Down and Out in Paris and London', published in 1933. He took the name George Orwell, shortly before its publication. This was followed by his first novel, 'Burmese Days', in 1934.
An anarchist in the late 1920s, by the 1930s he had begun to consider himself a socialist. In 1936, he was commissioned to write an account of poverty among unemployed miners in northern England, which resulted in 'The Road to Wigan Pier' (1937). Late in 1936, Orwell travelled to Spain to fight for the Republicans against Franco's Nationalists. He was forced to flee in fear of his life from Soviet-backed communists who were suppressing revolutionary socialist dissenters. The experience turned him into a lifelong anti-Stalinist.
Between 1941 and 1943, Orwell worked on propaganda for the BBC. In 1943, he became literary editor of the Tribune, a weekly left-wing magazine. By now he was a prolific journalist, writing articles, reviews and books.
In 1945, Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published. A political fable set in a farmyard but based on Stalin's betrayal of the Russian Revolution, it made Orwell's name and ensured he was financially comfortable for the first time in his life. 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' was published four years later. Set in an imaginary totalitarian future, the book made a deep impression, with its title and many phrases - such as 'Big Brother is watching you', 'newspeak' and 'doublethink' - entering popular use. By now Orwell's health was deteriorating and he died of tuberculosis on 21 January 1950.

Country adoption guidelines

(If you have not emailed me your five sources for your country, comment below with them by 5pm Wednesday.)
  • We will begin your country adoption reports Thursday, Oct. 22 and have two or three a day. Date assignments will be made Oct. 6.
  • By Thursday, Sept. 17, post below the person and media you will contact.
  • By Tuesday, Sept. 22, you will have made contact by email with a media person in your country. We will discuss this in class. 
  • In initial email, introduce yourself; tell the person who you are and that  you're doing this for a university class; and give the link to Clarkinternational as a reference. 
  • Ask for a confirmation email.
  • Let them know you need to visit with them, via email, no later than Oct. 1.
  • Ask them for a date when they'd have time to respond.
  • If the person does not respond within 24 hours, send another email. If that doesn't work, find a backup person immediately.
  • Being unable to contact a media person will subtract 30 points from your 150-point project.
  • Send them the list of questions you'd to discuss:

  1. What is the roll of the media in their country?
  2. How has the Internet and social media changed media in their country?
  3. What is the most important thing to know about media in their country?
  4. Who controls the media in their country?
  5. What are the strengths of the media in their country?
  6. What are the weaknesses of the media in their country?
In your email, I suggest some form of the following:

I'm a senior (major) student at the University of Central Oklahoma in an international media class.
For my class assignment, I'm studying the media in your country and would appreciate it if you could answer a few questions for me.
Your views on the news media will be vital to  my class presentation later this semester. The questions I'd like to ask follow. Would it be possible to have your answers by (date)?

Please let me know by (date) if you can do this.

Thank you very much,

SE Asia

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Wire" services, international news

  •  Associated Press--1848
  • United Press International--1907-58
  • AFP—Agence France-Presse--1835
  • Reuters--1851
  • TASS--1925
  • BBC-- 1922
  • CNN--1996
  • Al Jazeera--1996
  • twitter--2006
  • Vice--2013

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What have you learned?

So far? Comment please, below.

Vice--what is it?

In today's news, New York Times, page A8
Also these links:

South America