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Media Ethics and Dilemmas: Journalists, Citizens and Technology [Presentation Notes]

Description: This document offers notes that accompany a presentation on media ethics and dilemmas. The presentation and its accompanying notes were presented with an essay that was awarded a 2013 Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Award. The notes discuss media ethics and how changes in journalism and technology have led to new ethical dilemmas.
Date: February 27, 2013
Creator: Lewis, Christopher G.
Partner: UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

“Madness” in the Media: How Can Print Journalists Better Report on Mental Illnesses?

Description: Stereo types and stigmas of individuals with mental illnesses have proved to be a major roadblock preventing these individuals from seeking help. The news media, despite having a responsibility to accurately inform the public, has played a significant role in portraying individuals with mental illness as violent, unpredictable, dangerous, and unfit to live with the rest of “normal” society. This happens through the words journalists choose to use and the information they choose in included, and excluded, when reporting on mental health issues. This study attempts to establish a guideline that journalists can follow that will hopefully reduce the stigma of mental illness in the media, and eventually in society. This study used a 2 x 2 ANCOVA to test two independent variables (amount of labeling terms and amount of corrective information). The variables were manipulated by modifying a news article four times to produce articles with varying levels of labeling terms and corrective information. A control article was also be used. The articles were randomized and passed out to 220 undergraduate college students at the University of North Texas who completed a questionnaire, read their assigned article, and then completed a second questionnaire to determine the impact the article had on their attitudes about individuals with mental illnesses.
Date: August 2014
Creator: Cousineau, Anna Desiree
Partner: UNT Libraries

Using Topic Models to Study Journalist-Audience Convergence and Divergence: The Case of Human Trafficking Coverage on British Online Newspapers

Description: Despite the accessibility of online news and availability of sophisticated methods for analyzing news content, no previous study has focused on the simultaneous examination of news coverage on human trafficking and audiences' interpretations of this coverage. In my research, I have examined both journalists' and commenters' topic choices in coverage and discussion of human trafficking from the online platforms of three British newspapers covering the period 2009–2015. I used latent semantic analysis (LSA) to identify emergent topics in my corpus of newspaper articles and readers' comments, and I then quantitatively investigated topic preferences to identify convergence and divergence on the topics discussed by journalists and their readers. I addressed my research questions in two distinctive studies. The first case study implemented topic modelling techniques and further quantitative analyses on article and comment paragraphs from The Guardian. The second extensive study included article and comment paragraphs from the online platforms of three British newspapers: The Guardian, The Times and the Daily Mail. The findings indicate that the theories of "agenda setting" and of "active audience" are not mutually exclusive, and the scope of explanation of each depends partly on the specific topic or subtopic that is analyzed. Taking into account further theoretical concepts related to agenda setting, four more additional research questions were addressed. Topic convergence and divergence was further identified when taking into account the newspapers' political orientation and the articles' and comments' year of publication.
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Date: August 2016
Creator: Papadouka, Maria Eirini
Partner: UNT Libraries

[News Clip: Court Cameras]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story by reporter Allen Laughlin about the restriction of television news cameras from Texas courtrooms. In this story, Judge Tom Cave allows news cameras into the courtroom when he sentences convicted murderer Charles Milton to death by lethal injection. He is interviewed about the benefits of having cameras in courtrooms. Reporter Laughlin stands at the exterior of Criminal District Court No. 2 and explains the policies of Judge L. Clifford Davis who has issued a special order banning television cameras from a courthose floor during another trial. This story aired at 6:00 P.M.
Date: April 25, 1985
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Jerry Rubin]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story.
Date: March 22, 1977, 10:00 p.m.
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Media blitz]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story. This story aired at 5 P.M.
Date: March 13, 1990
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Pamela Buchmeyer, Outrageous Oral]

Description: Recording of Pamela (Pam) Buchmeyer speaking at Outrageous Oral, Volume 18: A Salute to Baker v. Wade, held from 6 - 8:30 PM on January 28, 2016 in the Rose Room of Station 4 in Dallas. Pam is the daughter of the late U.S. District Judge Jerry L. Buchmeyer, who decided in favor of Donald F. Baker in the Baker v. Wade decision. Pam shares "family stories" from behind the scenes of the Baker v. Wade case.
Date: January 28, 2016
Creator: Buchmeyer, Pamela
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections