HIV/AIDS Coverage

18 May

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The HIV/AIDS  epidemic is effecting more people in society than we think. In fact, it hits very close to home. Miami, FL ranks high in AIDS cases and at one time, had the highest infection rates. In the documentary Lessons from South Africa, we learned about the awareness that has being created around HIV/AIDS and saw how the media covers HIV/AIDS in South Africa and South Florida.

I found that this documentary was extremely informative, positive, and enlightening. It opened my eyes on this serious disease that is effecting the world and my own community. While watching this documentary, I found it intriguing that the people of South Africa were extremely involved with awareness approaches on this devastating disease.

Sadly, there is not enough media coverage about HIV/AIDS. Although in South Africa they used techniques such as radio and talk shows to get awareness out there and educate it’s people, there was still a lack of coverage from news media outlets. However, I believe they are doing a better job with awareness and media coverage than South Florida. It seems that the media in South Florida chooses not to look at this as a problem, even though it is affecting our community tremendously.

For one thing, I am grateful for this documentary, because it brings awareness about HIV/AIDS in a informative and newsworthy way.

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The Media’s impact on McCarthyism and the Civil Rights Movement

14 May

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Joe McCarthy, who the term “McCarthyism” was coined after, was a Senator in the 1950’s, known for his anti-communist movement. McCarthy claimed that there were communist working for the US government. With this so-called “communist witch-hunt”, McCarthy helped Republicans gain office for the first time in twenty-years. McCarthy worked to expose the government and find the truth. The media created this term “mccarthyism” which the dictionary defines as “the practice of making unfair allegations.” Unbiased stories written to attack the democratic party proves that this was indeed advocacy journalism, because it promoted a cause from a subjective viewpoint.

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In chapter 11, we read about Civil Rights movement and the media. That too, is an example of advocacy journalism. During the 1950’s, although slavery had been outlawed, there was still many racists in the south that came up with a good deal of ways to keep blacks in America oppressed. The media and television covered stories from a subjective viewpoint on the oppressed blacks of the south, which were only meant to wake America up and show them what was really going on in the south.

Sam Adams: Objective Journalist or Blogger?

11 May

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Before answering the question, was Samuel Adams an objective journalist or blogger, we must first know the definition of each. An objective journalist is one who seeks and reports the truth unbiasedly, as well as abiding by certain codes of ethics. A blogger, on the other hand, sometimes exaggerate stories, have no code of ethics to follow, and are often biased and opinionated. Shortly after reading about Samuel Adams’ Journal of Occurrences, I came to the conclusion that he is in fact, a blogger. For one thing, Sam Adams often placed distasteful labels on the soldiers such as “wretches” and “bloody-backed rascals” and according to the code of ethics, a journalist should “show good taste.” Being that a blogger doesn’t have any code of ethics, labeling someone is accepted, because it is their opinion. In addition to this, the text even states that most of Adams’ accounts were not true, and he that “made use of biased phrasing”, which gives him even less creditability as an objective journalist. Though Adams was informative, he could have opted out of inputting his opinions and chose to reveal both sides of the stories, which would have helped him disclose the occurrences in a more efficient, journalistic way.

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10 May

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