Communications and Media

Choose ONE of the following famous sayings regarding journalism and develop an argument that either supports or disagrees with the quote, and

discusses it within the context of modern day journalism. You may use examples to support your discussion and are encouraged to argue a

particular position:

1) “When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.”
Accredited to multiple sources including British newspaper magnate Alfred Harmsworth [1865–1922], New York Sun editor John B. Bogart [1848–1921]

and American journalist Charles Anderson Dana [1819-1897]

2) “News is what people do not want you to print. All the rest is advertising.” Accredited to multiple sources but most famously to Lord

Northcliffe, British publisher [1865-1922]

3) “With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective

Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”
Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement 1[937 – 2005]

4) “There’s a long-standing debate in the media biz over whether the news outlets should give the public what it wants, or what it needs. This

debate presupposes that media execs actually know what it wants or needs. And that there actually is a unitary “public.” Brooke Gladstone,

American journalist and media analyst [1955 – present].

The essays must be based on wider reading on the topic – not just personal opinion. You should aim to draw on 8 to 10 academic references for

the research.

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