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Module 10: New Media and Journalism

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Blogs and Citizen Journalists

The courts have struggled to balance free speech on the Internet against competing interests, like national security and copyright protection

A blog publisher can still be sued for any material he writes himself

Many countries enforce mandatory rights of reply, which compel publication of responses for those who claim they have been the subject of inaccurate reports

All media organizations have a social responsibility, but that must be balanced with its commercial viability

What is important is not the platform. What is important is the content

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New Media and Journalism

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New Media and Journalism

Exchange of information

The right to receive and impart information is a universal one

Public support for a free press should be constant because citizens are the ultimate beneficiary

Most FOIA exemptions are not mandatory. Agencies may release records if they conclude that the public interest outweighs any harm

Freedom of information laws set deadlines for initial responses

It is not always necessary for a journalist to identify themselves, It will depend on the information acquired and how it will be used

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New Media and Journalism

Investigative Journalism

Discipline, order and a well thought out plan are also essential for successful investigative journalism

Know the background, the main players, the people who will talk and know what has been reported already

Always be ready to adapt

Know the rules, regulations, and procedures of whatever area you are reporting on

The more detailed and carefully thought-out your outline is, the more organized the finished article will be

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An enterprising reporter might arrange to get an advance copy of the speech so he can be more aware of how the speech is delivered. Indeed, the reporter can write much of the story prior to the actual speech.

Reporters must be cautious, however, for the speaker who discards his speech for another, or for speakers who make important impromptu remarks during the course of their speeches.

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