Normally, I hate when people give book recommendations. But, after a great conversation with a local reporter today, I thought it might help if I present some conceptual work that can help us explore the meanings of news – especially because not all of us are crazy enough to study this stuff in school. Continue reading
If someone had traveled through Iowa City on Thursday, picked up the local newspapers, and later sat down, asking, “What is this Iowa City place?”, here is a selection of prominent stories they would have seen:
Story 1: A UI student says she and other students have been subjected to racial slurs, including the word Nigger, and that the university “has done nothing about it.” Continue reading
Letters to the editor are always interesting – too often overlooked. Today, though, there is a most-interesting take in the letters to the editor of the Iowa City Press-Citizen which focuses on journalistic practice.
The letter comes from two City High School students who suggested that Press-Citizen reporters (here is the story) failed to meet journalistic standards in the coverage of a “brawl” during prom night. The students suggest that the reporters failed to verify information (a traditional journalistic value and practice) by not contacting school officials and students to understand what the incident really was. Continue reading