Interest Group Influence

Interest Group Influence


Samuel Sutlive

Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012

Interest Groups in the 2000s, according to a Counterpunch article, Information War By Interest Groups, have been influencing the Western countries news.

The Istanbul-based Syrian National Council has been controlling the news that the West has been getting however the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a lobby groups out of London that supports the Syrian citizens. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights seems to be biased towards Syrian citizens and does not usually report ‪Bashar al-Assad’s government employee causalities.

The BBC had said it looked at a “‘leaked’”  report that discussed Taliban support in Afghanistan as well as a corrupt Afghanistan government.

This so called “‘leaked‘” report had lots of information that would be new to an uninformed citizen or reader but had been seen and reported on before.

The Public Affairs issue comes up in this situation because what the West considers new news has often been going on and known for many years.

The Western news might be reporting about government corruption but according to the articles author, Deepak Tripathi the Afghanistans have to learn to work together in their own country.

The “‘leaked‘” report was tied to public affairs because the “‘leak’” was released to create a conflict for Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar who was visiting Afghanistan to have talks with President Karzai but ended up defending or discussing Pakistan’s history instead of the issues she had just had said Deepak Tripathi.

Will the article, Information War By Interest Groups, influence how you look at news?

What news organizations use these so called “‘leaked’” reports and information from lobby groups?

Does this information make you agitated that some news you are hearing is not as objective and transparent as it is advertised?

Will you be researching and picking your news sources more carefully next time you watch the news or read the news paper?


Internet Dominance in the 2000s 3410 INTRODUCTION TO NEWS WRITING LAB!

Internet Dominance in the 2000s

by Samuel Sutlive

Internet has become main media choice for accessing news according to a national phone survey in Dec. 2010 stationed in Washington D.C. of 1,500 people.

The current issue is where are people getting their news? The standard used to be that everyone got a physical newspaper and watched the television to get their national and international news. In the 2000s people started citing the internet as the medium that they used to get news.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press did a national survey to compare the amount that five mediums— television, the internet, newspapers and the radio were being used and how the percentages have changed over time.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that televisions have been the main source of national and international news for 66 percent of the population in 2010. This is a decline compared to 2002 when televisions were used to access news by 82 percent of the population.

The readership of and references to national and international news sources for newspapers has declined. The readership has declined from 34 percent in 2007 to 31% in 2010. The reference for radio has stayed around 16 percent in the past few years.

One public affairs issue is how the percentage use of the mediums changes as older age groups are analyzed. In 2010 the internet passed television as the main source for national and international news for people under 30. Young people ages 18 to 29 citing the internet for news has risen 31 percent from 2007 to 2010.  The amount of young people citing television for news over the same three years has dropped 16 percent.

A 2nd public affairs issue is that the age group between 30 and 49 are projected to be using the internet more than the television in 2013 to get their national and international news.

The 3rd public affairs issue is that people between the ages of 50 and 65 are using the internet more for news.

However people over 65 years are still using newspapers and televisions more than the internet even though there has been an increase in their internet use as a news source.

Right now in 2012 our society consists of younger generations that use computers and the internet more than the older generations.                                                                            How will the 18 to 30 year olds of 2012 use the internet/computers and newspapers when they become the older generation? Will the 18 to 30 year olds of 2012 have wiped out bodies and poor eyesight?                                                                                                  Could this lead to some kind of resurgence to newspaper circulation?                              What do you think the main reason is for turning away from the television as a source for national and international news?                                                                                         Could it be access and ease of access? Everyone wants, what they want fast and direct. Now, Now, Now. The internet has more sources and sets of information to sift through, analyze and judge but it is right there when you want it, where you want it. The television has less information to sift through, has adds and commercials to wait through, and is mostly not portable but the information someone gets is more direct and (the information/news can on average be trusted).

Firing Led to Ethics Code Review JOUR 3410 INTRODUCTION TO NEWS WRITING LAB!

Firing Led to Ethics Code Review

By Samuel Sutlive

NPR’s board of directors examined issues revolving around their Senior Vice President for news Ellen Weiss’s handling of Oct. 20, 2010 firing of NPR’s News Analyst Juan Williams.

Williams was fired over remarks made on Fox News. A factor in Williams firing was the fact that Weiss kept staff members who thought the same as she did and had the same point of view. Weiss told the Los Angles Times that the decision to fire and terminate Williams contract was “based on the highest journalistic standards”. A newsroom employee said “You have to keep in mind that Ellen sees the world through the prism of ‘NPRness,’ which encompasses a certain worldview that may or may not include diversity issues…But more often than not, she spotted that sense of ‘NPRness’ in people like herself — upper middle class or higher, Ivy League or a similarly prestigious schools, even down to a certain temperament, personality and tone of voice”. Vivian Schiller, NPR’s president approved the firing of Williams.

One Public Affairs issue is that news employees need to follow the procedures that are set forth in their organization for a termination of a contract as well as the rules stated in the specific contract. For example the NPR’s contract with Williams gave either party the right to terminate with a 30 days’ notice. However NPR’s board of directors said that they were concerned with the way the termination was handled. The board also said that they would be adopting recommendations for better disciplinary action of management employees in terminating contracts. A second Public Affairs issue that could come up in certain situations would be a lack of consistency in following the ethics code of an organization. NPR’s board said that they would be implementing recommendations that would enforce and secure that all employees and contractors would follow the rules of NPR’s ethic code in a consistent manner. A third Public Affairs issue would be creating a standard rule for employees about what to and not to say or discuss when being interviewed or talking on other media outlets. NPR’s employees will be reviewing the ethics code, using potential outlets for their talent while following the ethics code rules. NPR will “‘ensure that its practices encourage a broad range of viewpoints to assist its decision-making, support its mission, and reflect the diversity of its national audiences’”.

Should Weiss have made a meeting with Schiller and Williams to see if she could work out the miscommunication before firing him?

Was the NPR’s ethics codebook unclear?

What about management employees being super selective on whom they hire. Would this be a good decision or a bad decision? It is not just NPR, managers who are going to give a raise to an employee tend to subconsciously pick someone that is more like themselves.

If the board found that the contract termination was not handled properly did Weiss really base her decision on the best journalistic standards? Or was she just trying to save face?

A Journalism Study.

Positive or Negative Lights

By Samuel Sutlive

Jan. 30, 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism did a study to analyze and discuss how the news media and the blogosphere are portraying candidates The study was created around the time of the Florida debates and Florida straw poll. The study was in an article from Oct. 17, 2011, How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race. The article compares and contrasts coverage of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain, among other potential candidates.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism did the study for twenty three weeks and used their content analysis and Crimson Hexagon’s algorithmic technology The Project for Excellence in Journalism did the study to analyze the positive or negative light that candidates are put through.

Throughout the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s study the news coverage and blogosphere coverage of Romney stayed positive. Romney is presented as “The ever-present if not passionately embraced alternative in the GOP field” On average Gingrich received negative news coverage the whole time the study was being conducted.  On the other hand Perry did not last as long in the forefront of the race but had really constant positive news coverage while he was in the forefront Cain had a gradual rise of positive coverage in the news media that lasted several months followed by three months of negative or mixed coverage.

Out of the four candidates discussed, which one has gotten the most positive news coverage and the most positive blogosphere coverage? In your opinion and based on your observations is one candidate getting positive reviews in news coverage and not in the coverage by the blogosphere, or the other way around? How does the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s findings affect your opinion of these candidates? Will these findings have any affect on your decision on who you will vote for?