“Media and The End of the World” – Journalism’s Unintended Consequences

We are working on a new episode for the podcast that will be looking at issues in the world of journalism. With thanks to my partner Adam Croom, we will be talking with a guest about the new ways that journalism seems to be going.

Are these exciting times? Is that excitement also a cause for great concern? is that great concern coming from what media means to people now?

It seems pretty definite that criticism of an issue also has the unintended consequence of promoting that issue. There was a great episode of “On The Media” that was questioning what it is that the media “gets wrong” when dealing with far right nationalists:

Face the Racist Nation

Lois Beckett [@loisbeckett], senior reporter at The Guardian US  offers a compelling analysis of what the characteristics of the coverage mean for doing this story. Some familiar analytics come out

  • Reporters need to know the history of white power organizations so that they are challenged when misrepresenting themselves
  • interviewers need to be careful not to normalize hate groups
  • we should never forget how capable we all are of harboring racist thoughts and ideas, and to be reflective of how we think about identity issues
  • between anti-racism and pro-racism is the largest group, people who think of themselves as anti-racist but who do not see how much of that racism is baked into the social and cultural structures that surround us 

This podcast is something that I will talk about on MATEOTW today, since it has much to say about how journalists need to think about the stories they tell, the words they write, and the pictures/video/sounds they collect and edit and distribute.

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Ralph Beliveau Media Arts Area Head Associate Professor, Creative Media Production Beliveau@ou.edu @ralphbeliveau Dr. Beliveau is on faculty for the Gaylord College and affiliate faculty in both Film and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He co-authored Digital Literacy: A Primer on Media, Identity, and the Evolution of Technology (2016) and co-edited the forthcoming collection International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear (December 2016). He writes and teaches about media education and literacy, race, horror media, documentary, rhetorical criticism, video production, film, popular culture, music & cultural studies, and documentary theory production & history. He has written about network society, documentary rhetoric, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, Supernatural, Richard Matheson, Night Gallery, Italian film, and Paolo Freire and media literacy. He previously taught Radio/TV/Film at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and broadcast journalism, popular culture, and rhetoric while doing graduate work at the University of Iowa. Beliveau ran an FM radio station and cable television studio in Chicago and worked in Los Angeles in independent film and television production. He served as editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chair of the Student Documentary Competition for the Broadcast Education Association. Beliveau is part of the team of faculty who leads the British Media Tour annually and also taught Italian Popular Film and Literature in the Journey to Italy program in Arezzo. Beliveau earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. More can be found at http://www.ralphbeliveau.com/.

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