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After the Death of Journalism in the US: Reinventing Reporting on the Web (German Summary)

Yaay! My thesis is finally done done done!
I have yet to figure out whether I can put it online or whether my professors need to have it marked before, but I wrote a German summary, which surely will be no trouble if it appears online ;).  Continue reading

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Newspaper Headlines for the Apocalypse

On days when research for your paper is dull and the sun is shining outside, you appreciate a little distraction.

Here is a great quote from an address on freedom in cyberspace by Allan Neuharth that made me laugh today 😉

Newspaper headlines for the apocalypse:
New York Times: WORLD ENDS, THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HARDEST HIT.
Wall Street Journal, WORLD ENDS, DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HITS ZERO.
Washington Post: WORLD ENDS — WHITE HOUSE IGNORED EARLY WARNINGS, UNNAMED SOURCES SAY.
USA Today, WE’RE DEAD, STATE BY STATE DEMISE (PAGE 8A), FINAL FINAL SPORTS SCORES (PAGE 8C).

Thank you, Allen Neuharth!

Who is more objective? Investigative vs. Objective Reporting

Chad Raphael describes journalism as made up of different genres. He compares the genres of Investigative Journalism and Objective Journalism as follows:

“In objective reporting, journalists must seem to efface their own interpretation of facts… and seem to balance competing versions of the truth… investigative journalism more openly distinguishes between villains and victim, asserting its own moral authority.”

I wonder if that is true – and if it is: what’s better (or worse?)

The way this is written makes it seem as if objective reporting is faking a truth by not overtly taking a side (must “seem” to efface) while investigative journalism’s flaw is that it does show who’s side it is on.

Am I getting this wrong?

You think  “The Truth” is out there? I’ve debated this with Journalism teacher Jay Rosen.

Don’t Underestimate the Printed Web! – Lessons from the Library

Print is dead – online lives! Right?

The printed web: Books on investigative journalism, online journalism & digital life

You would think that with a growing online culture, actual printed books become less and less important. Well, at le

ast I thought so when I started the research for my thesis at the library this week… Continue reading

What is the Message of YouTube? Or – After the Gutenberg-Universe: The YouTube Galaxy

What is the Message of YouTube?  How will it change TV? And what does Marshall McLuhan have to do with that?

I just wrote an essay for a class in culture and media theory at the University of Mainz going into these questions. I’m deliberating what the YouTube Universe will do to classical media, its models of communication and the power relationships involved. And what the “Message” of YouTube really is.

The essay is German, but I’m sure it’ll be even more fun if you google-translate it 😉

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Digital Journalism Thesis – Proposal #1: Investigative Journalism

After the “Death of Journalism” in the US: Reinventing Reporting on the Web

Update: I got the thesis approved by my mentor on Nov. 30th! Work on the topic can now start! See for example the resource collection “Readings in Digital Journalism

This is one of the expansions on a post called “What’s Your Thesis”?, in which I list several possible topics for my masters thesis. Continue reading

Digital Journalism – Thesis Topic #12 – Range of Research

Update: I got my thesis on the reinvention of reporting approved by my mentor on Nov. 30th! Work on the topic can now start! See for example the resource collection “Readings in Digital Journalism

I went in with a vague idea, I came out with an abundance of vague ideas. Great!

Last week’s visit to my MA advisor didn’t quite go the way I had hoped, although it was highly interesting. But it did help me to get along a bit. One week later, I’ve brought some order into the chaos of my thesis-occupied mind.

Below, you find a list of possible paths I’m considering for my thesis in the world of journalism. Next step will be to pick one of these and get down a thesis proposal.

the topics condensed into to main themes/subjects on which I will continue to work in order to get a thesis proposal going… 😉

For resources in the field, see my collection of Readings in Digital Journalism (aka New Journalism or Journalism 2.0)

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