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Blur How to Know What's True in the Age of Information Overload

ISBN-10: 159691565X
ISBN-13: 9781596915657
Edition: 2010
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Description: Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Age--the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia--veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/9/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Amid the hand-wringing over the death of "true journalism" in the Internet Age--the din of bloggers, the echo chamber of Twitter, the predominance of Wikipedia--veteran journalists and media critics Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel have written a pragmatic, serious-minded guide to navigating the twenty-first century media terrain. Yes, old authorities are being dismantled, new ones created, and the very nature of knowledge has changed. But seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism--and the object for those who consume it. How do we discern what is reliable? How do we determine which facts (or whose opinions) to trust?Blurprovides a road map, or more specifically, reveals the craft that has been used in newsrooms by the very best journalists for getting at the truth. In an age when the line between citizen and journalist is becoming increasingly unclear,Bluris a crucial guide for those who want to know what's true.Ways of Skeptical Knowing--Six Essential Tools for Interpreting theNews 1. What kind of content am I encountering? 2. Is the information complete? If not, what's missing? 3. Who or what are the sources and why should I believe them? 4. What evidence is presented and how was it tested or vetted? 5. What might bean alternative explanation or understanding? 6. Am I learning what I need?

Tom Rosenstiel is an author, journalist, researcher, and media critic. Before joining the American Press Institute in January 2013, he was founder and for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. and co-founder and vice chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He has worked as media writer for the Los Angeles Times, chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek , press critic for MSNBC, business editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune , and a reporter for Jack Andersone(tm)s Washington Merry Go e~Round column. He is the author of seven books, including The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect , which has been translated into more than 25 languages; Blur: How to Know Whate(tm)s True in the Age of Information Overload ; and The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century (2013), co-edited with Kelly McBride.

How to Know What to Believe Anymore
We Have Been Here Before
The Way of Skeptical Knowing: The Tradecraft of Verification
Completeness: What Is Here and What Is Missing?
Sources: Where Did This Come From?
Evidence and the Journalism of Verification
Assertion, Affirmation: Where's the Evidence?
How to Find What Really Matters
What We Need from the �Next Journalism�
Epilogue: The New Way of Knowing
Appendix
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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