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Comment #5: Your Final Post

July 22, 2012
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Now comes a chance to reflect and write briefly about your news literacy. Thinking all the way back to mid-June, before this class started, compare where you were then as a news consumer with where you are now. It has been only six weeks, but what, if anything, about your critical approach to news media has changed for you? What about this course and its concepts and especially classmates’ ideas to which you have been exposed have either reaffirmed what you thought you knew or convinced you that the world is more complicated than it sometimes seemed? In a paragraph, respond thoughtfully to any or all of those questions. Your comment is due by 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

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  1. Lindsay D permalink
    July 22, 2012 7:10 pm

    Before this class, I would not have looked around at multiple news outlets. I would go to one, most likely CNN, and take the article for face value. I thought “Hey, if these guys are journalists, they must be telling the truth.” But taking this class has made me feel much differently. Unfortunately, like many parts of our world, news can be manipulated and biased. I now realize the importance of becoming a news detective– question everything and don’t settle. I enjoyed hearing the many different opinions and thoughts of my classmates and am inspired by many of them. My peers who are very knowledgeable about current events make me want to be informed too. Alex Pena was also a huge inspiration by showing me to go out there, travel the world, and demand the truth. I will now look at news much differently. It’s not something to take lightly and briefly skim through. This class has taught me to be informed, stay educated, always be curious, and of course “open the freezer.”

  2. Bob Reinhard permalink
    July 22, 2012 8:55 pm

    Lindsay D; Alex is also a huge inspiration to me. This class has slightly changed my News consumption, I trust Journalists because I know them and not simply because they are Journalists. I was stunned when the media circus behind the TB outbreak turned out to be a sham. This course has not changed my opinion of my news selection. It has taken steps to explain to me why I do choose which outlets that I do. Also, it has expanded the availability of which products that I do trust.

  3. Pamela Perez permalink
    July 23, 2012 5:47 pm

    My news understanding has definitely changed since I started this class. Before this class, I always took news reports as true. I had never realized that there are so many different conflicts of interest in news media and that sometimes reporters or news can be biased are reporting just to satisfy their needs. By reading the news from the news feed each week has really helped me a lot in getting involved on what is happening around me, it has helped me in keeping myself informed, and to realize that being informed is of great benefit to me. One of my classmates was able to name each politician that was running for candidate in the U.S. and that was one of the things that really struck me. It inspired me to learn more about who wants to be part of the congress and to research on what they believe and/or want to implement to know why I should vote for them. Since the beginning of class Professor Kenney taught us about the term “Open the freezer” and at the beginning I took it more as a joke but as he explained on it and assigned the team project was when I really understood the real meaning of it. The team project was one of my favorite assignments. I was able apply and act on what I had learned in class. I was able deconstruct the news and research to see if the reporter was being biased or was being neutral. Here was when I really understand the term “Did the reporter open the freezer”. Now when I see news or when I read the newspaper not only I question it but I also research on it and I just do not take the reporter’s word for what it is true or not. This has been an amazing and helpful class.

  4. July 23, 2012 6:07 pm

    As a normal college student and full time associate at my workplace I wasn’t much of a news consumer. But as a “news consumer” before, I would go and find my media information through regular and local news channels. As of right now, my journalistic horizons has dispersed greatly. Now I read the news from The Washington Post and The Washington Post Social Reader and through other online news media outlets to look up local and worldly news. Personally I’m still skeptical about journalist today because they want to get the fastest news results without “opening the freezer”; i.e. the group presentation we did. Bath salts causing Zombie Apocalypse in a Miami man? Before even knowing the exact reason, they just automatically accuse and assume bath salts… it was only marijuana! This is why I can be skeptical towards journalist, and note this is just one story journalist have messed up, there have been many others I’m sure. But I do look at news much differently now being in this class. It has broaden my media horizons on researching news- it is much easier for me understand the news now. I have learned the concept of “open the freezer” and how important it is to the reader to get the right information, and especially to the writer because it’s their credibility as a journalist to give us the right information. In my opinion, it is very important for a journalist to thoroughly research the issue before writing about it. Alex was definitely a great inspiration as a future writer. However though, news hasn’t changed my opinion about the world and its complexity but has made me more aware of the issues we all have or are facing.

  5. Amanda Moore permalink
    July 23, 2012 7:39 pm

    Before this class, i wouldn’t have thought twice about believing or not believing a certain issue. However, i now understand the importance of figuring out which sources are credible and which sources should never be trusted. One thing i thought to be interesting was the amount of news outlets that would just send out breaking news, not knowing whether it was true or not first, they just wanted to be the first one to get out the information. Secondly, i never knew which news outlets were liberal and which ones were conservative, i thought that they were all the same. No matter how unbiased someone tries to be, their opinions will always shine through. This class has been extremely helpful and i will continue to use the tips that you have given us in order to be better news consumers!

  6. Natalia Molinary permalink
    July 23, 2012 8:01 pm

    Before I came to this class I had already figured out that you cant always trust what you see in the news. I’m almost ashamed to admit that I am BIG on conspiracy theories so the fact that I believe our Government edits most of what news does filter down to us “news consumers” has always been in the back of my mind when I’m reading news. What I did learn in the class was how many mistakes and misinformation (or lack of information) our own news broadcasters put out there for us to see and at times knowingly. Never before did I bother to look beyond maybe two or three different news medias but now it’s as though two or three doesnt give me the the bigger picture. I need more. I love that this class has given me tools to SMELL out what does or doesnt make sense in an article. I love that its given me that extra drive to try and OPEN THE FREEZER and you must believe that I will pass what I know forward.

  7. Adam permalink
    July 23, 2012 11:31 pm

    As a full time student and employee I never had time to see what’s going on in the world. I kept to myself and whatever was going on I heard from friends and my parents. Now I’m starting to read more and watching the news on TV every morning. I know now how important it is to make sure that what is given to us is reliable information. Even if it is a trust news sight or show we need to make sure they are getting their facts straight!! OPEN THE FREEZER!!!! And now at Moe’s when I am counting items I have to move boxes and I think to myself…MOVE THE CHICKEN!!! to make sure I count everything. Making sure that everything is right and nothing is missed. Just like in the news, everyone should make sure it is right and nothing is missed.

  8. Casey Brogan permalink
    July 24, 2012 11:09 am

    Before I took this class I was very uninformed about what was going on in the world around me. When my friends would start getting into political debates I would always try to make a joke or change the subject. Now that I’m required to stay up to date with current events I find myself starting discussions about recent events I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. For instance the 23 illegal immigrants that died after trying to fit in a flatbed truck. This whole experience has shown me how much better off I am staying up to date and not just going from day to day as usual. This class has made me want to read articles outside of the assigned reading, and has made me appreciate how lucky I am to live in a country where the truth can be spoken and all I need to do to access it is turn on my computer.

  9. Dan Surgan permalink
    July 24, 2012 12:28 pm

    I have learned much in the past weeks that has increased my news literacy but there is one single concept which has turned the way I see the news on its head and that concept is the conformation bias. I have long known there is more to understanding the news than believing one single source but I have never considered myself as the information seeker equally at fault for misunderstanding as the news media’s own agendas. No longer do I skip over Fox News because I understand their spin; rather, now I require Fox News to understand the news in its entirety. My news literacy would be forever stunted without the understanding of my own need to confirm my biases. News must be compared and contrasted to be fully understood within the context of external and internal bias. This lesson is invaluable to me and must be considered for the rest of my life.

  10. Hector Perez permalink
    July 24, 2012 1:23 pm

    I have definetely learned so much in these past few weeks. Before this class I thought all news was the same and true for that matter.This class has really showed me however how to differentiate news that is correct and accurate from ones that arent telling true facts. Also I have learned that alot of news is repetitive with no new information being given. I realize that articles such as those are a waste of time and useless when trying to find news information on a story. This class has really helped me and I will always be more attentive to the articles I read and believe from here on out.

  11. Gregory Gold permalink
    July 24, 2012 7:00 pm

    This class has taught me a lot over the past few weeks. I have learned that the news does not have to be true. Also after taking this class I am more interested in news around the world and more knowledgeable about politics. You also have to open the freezer and verify information until you know its true. This class has also made me watch more Daily Show and The Colbert Report!

  12. Angela Navarro permalink
    July 24, 2012 9:55 pm

    Before this class I mostly got my news from the first place I heard it, whether it was word of mouth, on my Yahoo account, or the evening news; before this class I rarely questioned whether the news was true or false. The group project was very helpful in discovering that many news sources can take the same story and portray it in different forms. The group project also helped me to do my own research and figure out which news sources were the most valid. In all honestly before this class I wasn’t as interested in the news, but now I learned that news is important for everyday life. At work I was talking to some coworkers about some current events news tweets and they were fascinated and yet they didn’t have anything to say, I rather read the news and be able to have an intellectual conversation with someone than stare at them blankly while they tell me what’s going on in our world. Before this class I showed little to no interest in politics, but I now see how valuable it is to be educated in all these current event subjects. My favorite assignment in this class was the letter to the editor. From all the things I learned in the class I was able to look up articles from news sources and be able to point out the legitimate ones, it was also really cool just to submit the letter to an editor. So I’ve learned to “open the freezer!” and question every news story I see or hear, I even downloaded a few news apps on my iPhone!

  13. Vicki DeBow permalink
    July 25, 2012 9:04 am

    News literacy is a very important technique to have and use in our society. Before this class I feel that I used news literacy very little if at all. Journalism has definitely changed the way that I get my news information and how I perceive news. Now when I hear a breaking story on network news, I always verify it using either politifact.com or factcheck.org. Before this class I had no ideas that these websites existed, I have found them very useful. The group project that we participated in also changed my idea of news literacy. Just because someone is a journalist, does not mean that every word that they say/write is trustworthy or reliable. Since learning about news literacy, I now check multiple news outlets before taking a stand on an issue. Some of top ranked news outlets make mistakes, after all they are human. After announcing the wrong outcome of the Obama Care decision, CNN will lose a great deal of credibility along with viewers. News literacy has taught me how different methods to find reliable news whether it is on the television, newspapers, or internet.

  14. Brendan Koning permalink
    July 25, 2012 9:26 am

    Every morning I would wake up and read CNN as if it was the final say in new authority. I started to spot little things that would make me question it though. I entered this class with, what I thought, was a good understanding of “new literacy”…..boy was I wrong. I did not realize the issues with CNN. This being highlighted in the SCOTUS case for the ACA. As I watched their coverage of this case, I saw how quick they were to pronounce something as truth. It really made me second guess what I saw as “breaking news”. Though out this class I have learned to be more skeptical about what I absorb as “news”. A big part of this has to do with the political campaigns that are going on this year. I never realized the benefits of sites like poltifact.org. They do a great job of breaking things down and attempting to separate fact from myth. I just fear that the majority of this country cannot separate the facts from the myths.

  15. Jesus Triana permalink
    July 25, 2012 11:44 am

    To be totally honest, I have never trusted the news media. Being an avid internet user, I have frequented all kinds of sites and boards, and even trolled a few (stormfront troll raids amirite), and I know better than anything, is that people can write whatever they want.

    But this class has taught me a certain methodology for picking apart the BS. I’ve never just been a sponge, and to be honest never really watched much television news. Even from a young age I could see that almost everything being propped up on major news networks was either filler or emotionally charged compared to what I saw in newspapers, which seemed much more cold and factual than the talking heads yelling at me. Of course, when I was younger I could not put a name or reason behind these thoughts, but there was always that aching understanding that people were being fed bullshit all the time.

    This class has helped me, in essence, to put a name to those ideas that I already had. It helped cement them because now, they are more logically organized The textbook recommended was excellent, and clearly outlines methods to break apart information. The lectures were actually interesting and engaging, definitely not what I expected.

  16. Layss Cordova permalink
    July 25, 2012 11:53 am

    I started this class with a pretty good idea of what the news had to offer, the possibility of reliable news and the possibility of unreliable news. However this class has taught me a wider concept than just my own understanding of the news, but the broad implications of the masses not understanding their news. I have been able to see how outright lies spread through the people of the world, yet once said lies are corrected people have already moved on, appeal is what’s important, not truth. Propaganda, lies, slander, thats what the people get, and as long as its in a nice package, most people can’t tell it from reliable actionable news. I believe that a course such as this on news literacy should be something just as basic and required as gym or health, it is something the people need to understand in order to demand a higher level of journalism.

  17. Laura Siebenmorgen permalink
    July 25, 2012 11:56 am

    Before this class, I was always a person who assumed things immediately before understanding the full details. Assumption has gotten me into trouble before however, and this class has helped me to realize that things are not always as they seem. “Opening the freezer” was the best lesson I have learned thus far in the Journalism program. I learned there is always something more to a picture or story than what the eye sees. I am less hasty with my conclusiond and delve deeper into facts than I used to. Seeing all the videos in class made me realize how truly biased some news stations are and that it affects their style of reporting.
    Before this class I never really had a taste for current world events, but now I realize in order to be a successful journalist, I must be schooled in all areas of news reporting. After this class, I feel my taste for knowledge has sharpened and it is easier to discern fact from bias. Not everything is at it seems.

  18. Ashley Gomes permalink
    July 25, 2012 12:07 pm

    Rick Kenney, you have taught me so much within the last six weeks. I was recommended to take this class by a friend of mine. She said this class was not only fun, but you learn a lot and she was right! Before this class I had no idea that journalist could make mistakes, I always thought if it’s reported it’s true and there’s no questions asked. Now I know to question any news I hear and find reliable information to support it. I even thought that news reporters all reported the same thing, but this class taught me that yes they do report the same NEWS, but some reporters are biased and other reporters are truthful. It’s all about finding the truth and there’s nothing better than finding it yourself! I never thought I’d be so interested in the news. I even downloaded a news app, so I can have updates on what’s going on around the world at anytime. I’m really glad I took this class, it made me realize how important it is to watch the news and be aware of what’s going on around you. I even enjoy telling others about the news, it’s nice to inform those who don’t know what’s going on in the world. Thank you again for helping me OPEN THE FREEZER!

  19. Nate Hicks permalink
    July 25, 2012 1:37 pm

    Coming into this class I knew that some news outlets are not as trustworthy as others. However, I did not know that even the most credible sources could be wrong. As this class progressed I realized the extent to which almost every news source tries to be the first to release a story and care less about the actual content of the story.

    Also, to put it bluntly, since I have begun following your news feed I have noticed that it feels pretty good to know more about what is going on than my friends. On the other hand, one thing that has come to my attention is that a few of my classmates seem to have a much better grasp on current affairs than I do and that I may need to increase my news intake.

  20. Michael Mora permalink
    July 25, 2012 1:39 pm

    Since the beginning of term, I’ve become more proficient in several areas.
    Firstly, I feel that I can better comprehend journalisms role in a democratic society. In my view, journalism should inform, thereby telling important stories in many criteria. For example, while the Presidential election is important, and contrasting the pros and cons of each candidate is important, news media shouldn’t devote all their coverage to such items (or journalist for that matter). However, juxtaposing those issues, with other relevant events such as the environment and cognitive studies, helps inform others in a democratic society on important occurrences.
    Secondly, news media should conform to specific ethics. Ethics is broad; however, having simple qualifications such telling the truth to the best of the journalist ability, is important.
    Thirdly, I can analyze content better; such as when I browse the Wall Street. This has had a positive effect on my EagleNews op-ed articles. My articles are better devolved, in my opinion, than prior to partaking this course.
    Lastly, I believe I have a better understanding of how the first amendment to the constitution applies to news media. We each have the right to our opinions, as American citizens. However, this right should be respected, not abused.
    In each of these areas, I believe I’ve become more proficient and, I attribute this ability to partaking in Dr. Kenny’s course.

  21. Hayley Pottruck permalink
    July 25, 2012 2:28 pm

    Before this class I would say that I was very naïve about believing what every news source would have to say. Whatever I heard on any news television show or saw in any newspaper I believed because I thought they were always telling the truth because it was public. Now I double check anything that I hear, and not just with a few articles, but different news outlets. Even after I check for facts, I still question everything I hear in the news category. This class made me realize how many mistakes different well known and popular news shows make. This class made me realize that news places aren’t excited about being the first ones to tell the truth, they are just excited to be the first ones to get anything out there, truth or not. It made me realize that what they call “breaking news” might just be “what we heard and might not be true but we wanted to be the first ones to show it.” I think that what I learned in this class, many people need to start realizing because nobody should believe without researching what they hear or see on the news.

  22. schuyler houfek permalink
    July 25, 2012 3:18 pm

    This class has helped my think about different news outlets and trusting or not trusting certain sites. I always liked the news especially world news and now I have more of an understanding on the concept of trustworthy news sources. Beacuse I had to open the freezer and find the facts. The presentation from Alex Pena also opened the doors to what journalists actually do “out on the job”. Thanks Rick!

  23. Derek Maloney permalink
    July 25, 2012 3:44 pm

    Before I took this class, I still would read the news every day. However, I would usually limit myself to one or two news sources, such as Fox News and CNN. I didn’t realize how bias a lot of the news I was reading really was until I took this class. I took most of the articles that I read at their word, and later it would turn out that quite a bit of the article was either incorrect or written to get a certain emotional response from the reader. I always thought the news was supposed to give you the truth, not the version of the truth that the news source wants you to believe. This class has definitely made me a more critical news consumer. I now look at the sources and try and determine why they are writing about the story. I also look to make sure that any information or sources used in the story are factually correct and reliable. I also take time to pick the articles apart, instead of flying through them and getting emotionally fired up over unreliable news.

  24. Andrew permalink
    July 25, 2012 4:20 pm

    Before taking this class i was suspicious of almost every news outlet because i had a hard time telling what was reliable and what wasn’t. Concepts like “open the freezer” escaped me. I thought i was able to tell what was reliable online but i was wrong there too. I think now i have a better idea of what news is reliable and what isn’t. I originally thought that any website that ended in .org was reliable (except for Wikipedia) I didn’t know that its use was unrestricted and that anybody could get that. To be honest i feel that 6 weeks isnt enough time to be a good news consumer, but i think im better off now than i was before.

  25. July 25, 2012 4:26 pm

    I guess when it’s come to the news I’ve always had a bit of skepticism when I would listen to FOX, CNN, and all the big conglomerates. But my skepticism lacked a guide as to how to really test the news thrown at me everyday. and so without deviating from the general consensus everyone here has come to: this Journalism class has given me a radical new way to look at news media. I now look at every article, read every word twice and first ask myself how legitimate it sounds on its own, then I look to its date, its source, it’s source’s source, and see if I can’t detect some sort of slant. It’s fantastic really but also daunting; I have never before so thoroughly focused and studied the news coming to me. I switched my minor from Business to Journalism a few months ago, feeling I might have found my niche. You and your class alone has confirmed it. I’m confident you’ll find me writing on Gizmodo in a few years.

  26. Garrett Fopiano permalink
    July 25, 2012 4:34 pm

    It was not until this class that I had actually taken the time to look at the news or read up on current events besides the fact that it was mandatory. I was never really knowledgeable on what was going on in the world and taking this course made me learn a lot of things going on today. Choosing what to believe and what news source is reliable was never something going through my mind, but after taking this course, I find myself wondering if it is true or a reliable story. I also learned certain sources that you can depend on for an honest news report along with how to “detect bull”. Another thing I did not know was how anyone in the world can have a .org and fill them with complete ridiculousness. Overall, this course has made me more open to news and more literate with news. I know how to look for bias by reporters and thanks to our speaker Alex, I am enlightened on just how difficult a reporter’s life can be.

  27. Eusebio Moreno permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:06 pm

    Thanks to the various Methodologies that we learned in class from Professor Kenney (e.g. The Deconstruction Method, the Comparative News Coverage Method, and the Neighborhood-Information Grid Analysis); I am now able to carefully analyze the information provided by the news media. Thanks to these methodologies, I learned to identify reliable, ethical, and actionable information. I also learned that as a news consumer, it is my responsibility to scrutinize all the information that the news media provides us with. As a result of taking this class, I would consider myself an educated news consumer.

  28. Sabrina Prefer permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:09 pm

    Before this class started, I wouldn’t regularly go to news sites to seek out news and sit there and read all of them. I would find out about a news story that I wanted to read, look it up, and trust whatever source first came up. My view on news is totally different now because I actually enjoy reading the news that shows up in the twitter feed every weekend and now I always make sure to remember that not every news story I read is totally reliable and I should do research to make sure what I am reading is the full, true story. There are a lot of stories that I find to be extremely interesting on the feed and many times I’ll go and read more articles about the stories, and I regret not reading the news as much before I got to this class. I now feel more educated about what is going on in the world, and I also feel much more intelligent on how to seek out reliable news as well as how to detect bias.

  29. Taylor faris permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:14 pm

    This class has taught me how different news media outlets can be twisted, altered, and unreliable. When watching the news before you tend to believe anything you see and hear, but I never stopped to think if something’s been left out or changed. But now I’m aware of clues to spot when a source isn’t trust worthy.
    I found our guest speaker Alex to be interesting and really gave usefull information to the class by showing us his hands on experience in the international news reporting field. His stories were captivating and brought my attention in.

  30. Michael Coats permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:17 pm

    When I started my academic career here at FGCU as a freshman fresh out of high school, my mind was literally blown and I learned a lot about myself. First of all, I had to actually learn how to study. This was quite the task considering I slept more during my senior year at school than at home and was still able to graduate Cum Laude. Second of all, my mind grew by being more involved on campus. As a predental student, I dedicate a lot of my time to science either through class, extracurricular activity, or in the lab as an undergraduate researcher and this has expanded my horizon on what the real world really has to offer; a massive difference compared to high school. And thirdly, I’ve become to question life a lot more. Since this class, opening the freezer has been a significant application I’ve begun to implement in my daily life for the past six weeks in this class and plan to do so even after. This has also allowed me to really open my eyes and really see what life is and take a step back to think and investigate, rather than assume and go on.

  31. Kaitlyn Battistoni permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:24 pm

    News literacy to me is something entirely different now that I have taken this class. Before this class started I didn’t know much about te difference between fake news and real. Also, knowing how to research other news and get different insight on the same story. This class has taught me that reporters go way beyond what is expected to find out the news. Lastly, I learned that people don’t always say the truth and say assumptions about the news. Overall, this class has taught me so much and I know I will use these techniques in the future.

  32. July 25, 2012 5:44 pm

    Before this class started I was already trying to discern what good news was so this class was perfect for me. I learned to be even more discriminate. I am obsessive with news and use technology to find news from all over the world from thousands of sources. I appreciated how the class made it clear that propaganda is widespread, misinformation is common, and mistakes are made far more than I ever imagined. The class taught me how to academically deconstruct the news properly, a skill I will value for the rest of my life. The class drove home that even our most common or trusted sources for news are at times utterly wrong, to the point where it could mislead a nation to war. Also, I didn’t realize how the statement “freedom of the press” invested the press with so much power and responsibility; to monitor government and business.

  33. Briana Smith permalink
    July 25, 2012 5:56 pm

    Prior to this class, I basically believed everything I heard that came from a news media outlet. I figured, if its on CNN, Fox, or any other big news station, it must be right. I thought; if its broadcasted on tv, how can it be false? How can it be anything other than the truth? I was clearly wrong. This class taught me that not everything you see or hear is the truth, and to find the real truth, one must always “open the freezer”. This class taught me to not just believe whatever I hear, but to investigate. To investigate the truth and make sure it is nothing but the truth. This class made me want to question “facts” i heard, and find out for myself if they were true. Finally, I learned and now neatly appreciate the work that reporters and journalists go through to get their facts. This class has given me a completely new outlook on the news, the truth, and journalism.

  34. michael houfek permalink
    July 25, 2012 6:33 pm

    Before i took this class, i would never look around at different news sources, or question their credibility. In this class i learned that every newas source gets a different story because they all get their story at different times and in different ways. Also, in this class i learned to open the freezer. I will now look at every news story and question it. I will use my judgement to decide if the article is true news or made-up.

  35. Cassie Unterbrink permalink
    July 25, 2012 6:45 pm

    I feel that my understanding and comprehension of the news has expanded since taking this course. Before this course I counted on news stations to have reliable information but what Journalism and Society has taught me is that not everything you hear is the truth. I now know that when I am looking into a news story to go through many different stories to get factual evidence. I now know to research into issues to find out what is real. Not only have I learned that some detective work is involved in finding out the truth, my eyes were also opened to how much fun the career of a journalist can be. From our guest speaker, Alex, I found out what being a news journalist really entails. Although it sounds like a bit of struggle at the beginning, it seems thrilling to me the adventures one could possibly encounter and the risk that goes along with it keeps a reporter on their toes. Alex showed me the amount of work and dedication he puts into keeping his job. Before this class I would never have thought about doing this in the future, but now I have sparked a curiosity about becoming a journalist.

  36. Nurjahan Khatun permalink
    July 25, 2012 6:46 pm

    I totally agree with Briana Smith. Before taking this class, I thought the same way. I never knew that a reporter whom we look up-to can mislead us sometimes with his/her false story, information; but apart from that, I also learned so many good things about them. How there are many reporters who risk their lives to depict the real chaos that goes on behind the scene. How they are being killed just to get the actual information to us; and these assassinations are mostly done by the government.
    Now, I know not to believe in only one news source and that I should always check other news article before trusting the information. Images can also manipulate our reactions.
    I have become aware of what’s true and what might not be; whether the reporter is being “truth” or “truthiness” and if he/she has opened the “freezer”.
    I appreciate all the journalists out there, for their time and energy for getting the information to us so we can gain insights and become more aware of what’s going on around us, and around the world.

  37. Arielle Hyppolite permalink
    July 25, 2012 7:46 pm

    Well, before I took this class I trusted everything about the news. I thought what they delivered and thought us was the truth so questioning them was not even an option. Through this class I learned to be an investigator in the news rather than a believer. I learned that once a news reporter says something it is not always true and it is always better to open the freezer. Last but not least, I learned how much journalists risk their lives for us in order to deliver us with the best of news. I learned that it is not the easiest of jobs and I respect each and every one of them tremendously.

  38. Chris Ruskai permalink
    July 25, 2012 8:53 pm

    My outlook on the news was completely changed by this class. Dr. Kenney’s lessons taught me how to truly analyze the information that is being presented to me in the news and to weed out all of the “fluff”. Before this class, I would have never looked for a second source or a second perspective on a news report. Most importantly, this class taught me how to view the news objectively. On political news, I used to get emotionally involved with the story. Because of this, I would be biased against one party or another and would never truly understand the information that was presented to me. Now, I can view a political story and objectively parse the facts from it without being pulled into propaganda.

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