Now I will begin my blog from another set of lecture note.


Aug 26, 2013

Online Media Class Lecture:



***Contact news editor this week and CC the Prof.

Drives the entire approach to journalism: does the public know what TheY wants.

They have to make money so why do they print those certain stories.

Editorial decisions that drive stories.

Wag the dog.. we can get easily manipulated to focus on other things even though other stories are just as important.

Had to be a good story teller back in the day. Didn’t need college education.

Protect the little people (no money) bc we are the majority. The 1% of the rich folks hold the cards. We need to keep our eye on them.

***Show him some numbers about how the human nature stories are not as interesting.

Simple stories and make them interesting

Probably be a good idea to really know who your audience is and hire more of those people  bc they have a way in and/or knowledge on the topic.

Easy stories-murder, celeb suicide..of course we are going to run those stories.

Walden-homeless people/freedom to stay homeless

***Does ny times are they for or against the Egyptian military coo? My opinion from the headlines.

****Muslim brotherhood

Does an editorial bias slide in there somehow?

***ESPN partnership with taking over colleges.  It was all of them now it’s narrowed down to Louville.

Morris Hates apple.

Okay. I am going to go against the grain (actually the instructions for the blogs) and do a little research for this one.

I remembered in class you asked us to show you the numbers on hbuman interest stories. There was also some debate about if they were interesting or not and some of thse students voiced their poisons, but they had no real evidence. That is when you asked us to show you some numbers as you saw in my notes above. I did come home that day and did a little research on that topic, but soon became distracted with my on human interest life.

Today, I will search to find your answer. I do enjoy researching. After that, I will look for an article about ESPN owning the colleges.


First part of my research I just googled Human Interest. This came up:

Much news is focused on presenting facts and statistics, which may get a little boring unless someone has a keen interest in the subject. While people may be very interested in the latest presidential polls, something that may cause cancer, a food recall, or what the weather will be like tomorrow, news sources like newspapers, magazines and television shows may also want to put a “human face” on the news by covering a story more in depth. Sometimes called the story behind the story or an emotional news story, the human interest story may look at news in a more personal way, especially by interviewing people affected or creating a report on one or several people facing challenges that have been covered in the news. The goal is to engage us emotionally in presentation of the news.

It’s common to see at least one human interest story on a nightly news broadcast or in a morning newspaper. A newspaper might be covering home foreclosure rates and have an article that deals with statistics regarding them. To flesh out this story and offer greater coverage, it might then feature an article on a few people in the neighborhood who are experiencing a home foreclosure. Emphasis would be on the personal effects of such a difficult experience, and would be likely to raise readers’ understanding about how the “facts and numbers” on home foreclosure were really working in their community.


A human interest story doesn’t have to be deeply moving, and it may be added more for entertainment value. A news story about a presidential candidate’s favorite vegetable or his or her daily workout really isn’t “news” in the traditional sense. Other stories that can make it into the news may be unrelated to news content and provide a needed break from the “if it bleeds it leads” style of journalism. For instance, Anton the Amazing Squirrel who has learned to build with dominoes, might be added as a story that adds levity to a broadcast or newspaper that primarily covers murders, dangerous statistics, and reports on the negative aspects of the country.


Okay. A few things that pop up that you did tell us to look for. This article is giving me lots of so called facts, things that would seem likely, but there are no numbers or sources to back up his conclusions. This is purely a fluff story.

However, the article helped me understand why these stories might be used. I never even considered having an angle when publishing a human interest story. I just assumed they were picked out of a bag of stories, but the media could defiantly provide a specific story to influence the community. Very interesting.

I will now look and try to find numbers. Solid proof that these stories are less interesting.

This was a bit interesting: It was more of a classroom chapter site, but the information was relevant.

Then I stumbled across this gem.

Hmm, published in 2000.

You have said this in class before “Evidence also suggests that soft news and critical journalism are weakening the foundation of democracy by diminishing the public’s information about public affairs and its interest in politics”

“We will argue:

 That hard news and not soft news is the reason why most people pay attention to news;”

Notice on page 2, (left bottom) what they intend on proving ……RIGHT!!

They are going to prove that hard news is more interesting. Although the information may be 13 years old, here are the numbers you were looking for.

Page 13-Young Adults: Why They Don’t Care Much About News or Politics.

Page 14-Protecting the Watchdog Role. “Americans believe that press skepticism is an

important factor in keeping politicians from

abusing public office.”

I found that incredibly interesting. I hope you did too.

Moving on to ESPN bc I did not know they owned colleges.

College Football’s Most Dominant Player? It’s ESPN

Wow. That is quite an intense article. It doesn’t surprise me. Everything is big business.

Check this site I found:

Now this is great. This article references the intense NYT article.

“ESPN might control college football today, but that control comes at the cost of its journalistic efforts. Disney and its shareholders aren’t about to let ESPN risk losing billions in subscriber fees and advertising money by reporting on the modern gridiron game’s inherent health risks. ESPN’s reliance on college football for TV programming practically prevents it from publicizing this story — which suits the NFL just fine, thanks.”






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