Make Known Unknown (Blog 9)

Blog Post 9- Make the Unknown Known


This week is a CONTEST.

Your goal is to get as many likes, comments from non-followers, and views of your post as possible.  The winner will earn bragging rights and some other prize.

Your topic: take a story, topic, or issue that is relatively unknown or under-covered and make it more visible.  See, the contest helps to solve the problem.

How would you find such a story?

a) Look back over our class and see if there is a topic you have learned about and would like to know more about.  For example, the sluggishness of the Dodd-Frank bill, or the use of mark-to-market accounting, or the the fact that there is actually no legal basis for shareholderism.

b) You already know of some issue that you think more people should be aware of.

c) You do some research.  Possible leads:

ProPublica: an NGO that seeks to cover public interest news.  This is a page of their current investigations.

openDemocracy:  For example, their “economics” page

– is a digital commons not a magazine – a public service on the web not a commodity
– is an independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media
– champions human rights
– seeks out and debate forms of democratic change

Several Pew thinktanks and research centers like Pew SocialTrends or their own Project for Excellence in Journalism

The perhaps controversial wikileaks site.  I honestly have not explored or used it much, so I am unsure how to deal with information quality, but I thought it might be interesting to explore it.

Columbia Journalism Review (cjr): a site and publication often critical of the state of journalism

Project Censored: a site and organization dedicated to trying to cover what they define as censored.  They have a very handy list of 25 “Most Censored” stories going back to 1996.

We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).

FAIR– Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.  They bill themselves as confronting the problems of much mainstream journalism.  Here is a list of topics they cover.

The Media Research Center seeks to neutralize what it calls a “liberal media bias.”  Here is a list of “Special Reports.”

OK, finally, the Good network.  This one is more social media-y.  I signed up, but have not used it much.  They are also a magazine with interesting stories…

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