Week 5 – Questions

Here they are!

  • Group 1: Chapter 1, From Tom Paine to Blogs and Beyond, pdf
  • Group 2: Chapter 3, The Gates Come Down, pdf
  • Group 3: Chapter 6, Professional Journalists Join the Conversation, pdf
  • Group 4: Chapter 7, The Former Audience Joins The Party, pdf
  • Group 5: Chapter 9, Trolls, Spin and the Boundary of Trust, pdf

  • Adam – Ch 1

    Most blogs seem to be reactions or criticisms of the mainstream media. Would blogs be as popular if mainstream media did not exist?

    Many bloggers consider themselves to not be a part of the mainstream media, yet many boast more readers than newspapers. What defines” mainstream” in today’s media environment?

    Print media, like blogs, sprouted as independent publications, but capitalistic forces pressured print to consolidate. Do you see blogs following the same evolutionary path that print media did?

  • Adri – Ch 3
    1. How can journalists establish credibility in today’s media environment?2. Why is the news industry so unprepared for the changing ways of new media, if this phenomenon was clearly in development for a long time?
  • Amy – Chapter 6
    1. What have your favorite online news media sources done to encourage online interaction with non-journalists?
    2. As journalism continues to change from a profession to a social networking forum, what methods do you expect the top ‘respectable’ news institutions (such as CNN, BBC, etc.) to adopt to maintain their authority while including the information presented by the public’s social forums?
    3. What methods can professional news media use to ensure public commentary/additions to news stories contain reliable and truthful information? Why is it the responsibility of the news media or journalist to ensure the commented information on a news article is accurrate (or is it not the news media’s responsiblity)?

  • Annie – Trust
    1. What kind of reforms do you think needs to be introduced in the web to provide structure and guidance around piracy and credibility of information?
    2. How would you recommend the government to use to Internet for providing trustworthy and reliable information?
    3. What are the benefits and downfalls of posting information anonymously?

  • Bonnie – Ch ?
    1. If citizen journalism kills the vertical structure of news gathering and presenting, who sits in the role of editor? What happens to accuracy, fairness and objectivity?2. What would happen if your favorite newspaper stopped printing a daily and used all of the money saved in printing costs to increase the number of reporters, involve citizen journalists in the process, and offer news that is media rich and more deeply reported?

    3. If you were a reporter for the Seattle Times and your editor called you into her office and asked, “Blogs are becoming a powerful source for news. How will that impact us?” What would you say? (Question inspired by Tom Standage)

  • Brian – Ch 3, Transparency
    In what specific ways has technology relinquished privacy?As privacy becomes a relic of the past, how will this affect checks and balances on institutions, organizations and regimes?How does transparency among corporations, governments and individuals support Osgood and Shramm’s communication theory?
  • Carie – Ch 9
    What do you think about credibility issues on the Internet? In what instances should comments or discussion be disallowed on the Internet? When should it be okay to remove comments or police discussions? How will self-identification solve credibility issues? How does self-identification help with credibility in newspapers?
  • ChrisC – Ch 3
    1. What is your feelings toward those that lead public lives, and the way they have to deal with anything they do being recorded and reported? We all have slip ups from time to time, but for most of us, these arent broad casted all over the internet the next day.2. How have blogs changed the way political figures handle themselves and their critics? Anyone with a blog and a purpose can turn things into a huge backlash against someone they disagree with.

    3. Blogs have become a voice for so many people that otherwise would not have been able to share their information or ideas. While most Big Media has to abide by certain regulations, blogs do not. Do you see anyone in power trying to change this?

  • ChrisE – Ch 9
    1. In what ways can Internet trolling actually affect someone in “real life?”2. How does online deception hurt real journalists who write mainly in the electronic medium? What can they do to restore credibility?3. Has the Internet and web 2.0 done more harm or good for political candidates? How can they use this to their advantage and what should they avoid?
  • Corey – Ch 7
    1) As the lines continue to blur between professional journalism and blogging, what should the reporting industry do, if anything, to maintain the integrity and quality of information provided to society?
    2) This chapter discusses convergence culture in terms of blogging—the consumers have now also become the producers. It is a participatory culture. In what other industries, and how, has this capability “rocked the boat”?

    3) Did society’s need for tools of democratization create a participatory culture or did the creation of the technology drive the desire to produce? Please explain.
  • Garrett – Ch 1

    1) How and where do you get your news from?

    2) Who do you trust most in online news? Mainstream (old media assets) or non-mainstream outlets?

    3) Are you on a mailing list? What kind? How often does it come out?

  • Jody – C 6
    • Why are established media hesitant to fully embrace citizen media and open conversation with the citizenry?
    • What inspires citizens to create content for others?
    • What sorts of citizen content is most interesting and effective?
    • What media organizations are doing an admirable job in utilizing the citizenry, and how?
  • John – ? / NQ
  • Katie – Ch 1
    1. What problems can you see with a situation like Gillmor describes, in which he got all his news from a Penn professor that editorialized and distributed bits of information he found relevant?
    How can we determine if a blogger is a journalist?
    How has “big business” affected the media landscape, both positively and negatively?
  • Keichii – Ch 1
    What will journalist’s roll be when so many insiders are providing valuable information?To protect people from privacy invasion and libel, do we have to revise the current laws?There is so much false information on the internet that is created only to make people disconcerted. Should we or the authorities do something to control them? Or, should we just overlook them to retain liberty in this new medium?
  • Kirk – Ch ?
    1. How can local media engage their community better? Is the future of national print media to do more in depth reporting on local news rather than cover the whole field?2. How will local and international print media be consolidated in the near future? Is there room for multiple carries of international news stories?

    3. How can a news organization afford to pay its reporters when you can get multiple reports to choose from for alomst free as in the case of OhMyNews.com?

  • Mark – Ch 7
    1. The United States Constitution guarantees freedom of the press in the 1st Amendment. Why do you agree or disagree that bloggers should be protected under freedom of the press as differentiated from freedom of speech?

    2. Since it is the World Wide Web, participants from every other nation can potentially interact with people from the United States. Why do you agree or disagree that people from other countries should benefit in cases litigated in the U.S. from the same guarantees afforded by the U.S. Constitution, particularly the 1st Amendment, when interacting with Americans on Web sites that originate in the United States?

    3. How do you think the “Wikipedia 1.0” release of Wikipedia, the version that is touted as suitable for print will change public perception about Wikipedia?

  • Maury – Ch 9
    1) Why is credibility on the internet tied to identity?
    2) Why are we so quick to give bloggers more credibility than established news outlets?
    3) Who is to blame when errors, lies, and misrepresentations are spread on the web?
  • Michele – Ch 3
    1. What are the factors that make news credible?2. What are the types of information does the public seek, and from whom do they want this information?

    3. Who does the public trust?

  • Nate – Ch 7
    1. In what ways are readers’ expectations of a quality news blog different from their expectations of a quality traditional news source?
    2. What are some elements of traditional journalism worth keeping in amateur journalism?
    3. If a popular amateur journalist/blogger were to be hired by a traditional news source and continued his/her blog, how would your opion of the blog change?
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  • Sarah Funk – Ch 1
    1. What advantages do the audience gain between mainstream media and blogs?
    2. Gillmor says that the printing press and broadcast function as a ‘one to many’ type of communication and the telephone is a ‘one to one’ type. He says the web can be ‘one to many,’ ‘one to one’ or ‘many to many’ depending on what we want. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of this.
    3. How was Sept. 11, 2001 a catalyst for bloggers?
  • Sarah Lane – Ch 6

    1. What happens to the role of copy righted material when an amateur uploads photos or video to a news media site for their use? How do they decide who owns those products if there is money to be made from them?

    2. How will the citizen journalist change company and government public affairs teams view of who constitutes a reporter? How will it change their relationship with main stream media as a means to distribute their message?

  • Thaara – Ch 3
    1) How we assess the impact of an open news technique on societies with different backgrounds?
    2) What do we need/lack to deliver effective news? Can those requirements be adopted by all societies? If no why and how?
    3) Why governments around the world are more likely to hide important information and block its sources? Is it part of controlling the citizen?
  • YenChing – Ch ?

    1. Are there any other ways for blogging and personal journalism to make revenue? What are they?

    2. What is the definition of “nano-publishing”?

    3. Please provide examples of any well-known blogs and their business model.

  • YiJen – Ch 9
    1. In real life, only suspects are required to show their ID and many reporters write articles by anonymity on the newspaper or magazines. Why do people especially judge the anonymous article on the Internet?
    2. Does the article by anonymity have no credibility? Corresponsively, the article by signing a name at the end must have credibility? Why? Why not?
    3. What are the motives of stirring bloggers to scrutinize news voluntarily?
  • Yulan (Sharlen) – Ch ?
    1) From the case of Lawrence.com ( it shows the city that 20 year old resident knows, not the 50 year old resident knows), how to we cross blog’s age barrier? Or the old folks’ opinions will be ignored since they don’t get online that much (or not at all) ?
    2) As the gate keeper for news, how do mainstream medias filter the news/pictures from amateurs to make sure they are fair and true?
    3) How to re-educate journalism school faculties who has not adapted to the ideas of technology communication?
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