James’ Week 15 Blog

When it comes to the audience, they are more or less considered the supporters of a particular platform. However, they should not decide editorial decision in the media simply because they are more followers than self –taught leaders. The audience with no disrespect can be less be less educated on certain subjects compared to the people who have studied them for years. Yes, the audience has the power to decide what is best for their community, however, most people in an audience might not think for themselves unless they think outside of group though. Without thinking outside of the box, an audience cannot truly have ideas of their own, which is why they cannot make editorial decisions.
Another problem with community organized journalism is that it could be taken over by activists instead of the actual citizens themselves. according to page 220 in the textbook, they said,  “While this example of public journalism sought to increase community involvement, plenty of critics wondered whether the paper had taken on an activist role it should not have. (Rosen, 1999, pp. 27-33)”

However, It could also be said that subjective though could also ruin editorial decisions because of one person being the informational gatekeeper for everyone else’s ideas or perspectives of what happens. This is why polling is a big deal because it is a better way of providing public opinion on a topic that is conflicting or controversial. Polls are not always accurate but neither are humans in the grand scheme of things. The audience has a right to express their opinion under the first amendment. However, they do not have the right to make editorial decisions without the editor’s consent on the matter.–

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Adjunct Professor of Media Ethics in Contemporary Society at Utica College

2 thoughts on “James’ Week 15 Blog”

  1. James watch your typos and when you cite, don’t say, “They said.” I and your “audience” has no clue who THEY are. If it’s from your textbook for example, and the author said it, then it’s Plaisance said,….And you speaking of activists and audience participation made me think of the Facebook comments posted by readers on social media sites for news organizations. Do you think that’s necessary to allow the public to chime in or do you think that hinders the overall purpose for a story?


  2. While I agree with James in terms of the public not having a vast knowledge compared to a journalist, I also disagree to some extent. The reason being that although an audience lacks the educational level of a journalist, they experience societal issues first hand, giving them more knowledge than journalist. Therefore they should be allowed to express that in the editorial room giving news outlets ideas on how to approach future stories.


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