Academic Research Writings

Crowdfunding independent and freelance journalism: Negotiating journalistic norms of autonomy and objectivity

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Andrea Hunter argues that the practice of journalists using crowdfunding in order to fund their projects creates conflict between their role as objective reporters and their responsibility to their funders. She also argues that the practice of crowdfunding challenges the fundamental elements of objectivity and autonomy within journalism.…

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The Relationship Between Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood In the recent years the media industry has changed significantly. In Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere David Croteau and William Hoynes explain why with two perspectives that scholars use when examining changes within the media industry. The first is the more popular of these perspectives, the market…

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Academic Research Writings

Making News, Reporting Truths: Response to Stuart Allan

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Making News: Truth, Ideology, and Newswork Stuart Allan uses this chapter to explain the influence of journalists and news media in constructing ideology of modern society. He argues that the process by which journalists select an event and interview storytellers also play a role in constructing public opinion.…

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Poetry

I am Only Black

The following poem was written when I was a student as a submission for the Clamor Art Journal. It is inspired by America’s use of blackness as a symbol of negativity. This places a label on Americans who use black as a label for their ethnic identity. I am Black. I’m black Black market, black cat, black trade I’m black The…

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Making Mass Media in a Popular Culture: Response to Lawrence Grossberg

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Lawrence Grossberg’s text on Ideology uses several theories, drawing upon the work of Karl Marx, John Berger, and Plato as evidence to prove that there is no ‘right’ way to explain how humans interpret reality. Grossberg begins with this definition of reality, “a particular way of thinking and…

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Communication as Culture: Response to James W. Carey

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Carey’s argument makes a case for scholars to understand communication studies through a ritual view rather than directing all of their focus towards the transmission view. This argument allows for the adjustment of the transmission view of communication, in which a message moves from the communicator at the…

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