Rethinking objectivity

TUESDAY,  SEPT 15, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 21)
Stack of newspapers
(Stanford Daily)
“Journalists need to be overt and candid advocates for social justice, and it’s hard to do that under the constraints of objectivity,” said Ted Glasser, communications professor at Stanford, in an interview with The Daily.
The murder of George Floyd and the racial reckoning that followed have opened a conversation around journalistic objectivity. Glasser believes journalists must step away from the blanket idea of objectivity to achieve social change — but not everyone agrees with him. Many journalists are now asking: Can journalism contribute to social change while maintaining its objectivity?
Some, like political science assistant professor Hakeem Jefferson, consider objectivity in its current practice to be less focused on determining objective truths and more focused on giving equal weight to different viewpoints so the journalist appears fair.
“[Journalists] are so hell-bent on being ‘objective’ for both sides … they can’t tell the truth,” Jefferson said.
(Daily Beast)
As the University of Missouri reportedly approaches 1, 185 positive cases of the coronavirus, Chancellor and President Mun Choi has blocked students from viewing his Twitter account after they voiced concerns about the school’s handling of the outbreak.
It ultimately took a lawsuit threat from one student for Choi to unblock them.
“It’s been a mess,” Eli Hoff, the managing editor of MU’s student newspaper The Maneater, told The Daily Beast, adding that “lack of enforcement” of existing rules had been a key problem. “We just want transparency.”
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(Times of San Diego)
The case involves The Koala and a November 2015 article it published satirizing “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” In the aftermath, UCSD’s student government disqualified student newspapers from eligibility for campus activity funds.
At the time, UCSD issued a statement calling the paper “profoundly repugnant, repulsive, attacking and cruel” and denouncing “the offensive and hurtful language it chooses to publish.”
A federal judge dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit in 2017, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision last year.
Under terms of the settlement, UCSD will pay $15,000 in attorney fees and provide $12,500 in funding for The Koala. The settlement also states that the Associated Students of the University of California, San Diego agrees that The Koala’s status as a print media organization does not preclude it from receiving funding.
High School
(Burlingame HS)
(Los Altos HS)
(Monte Vista HS – Cupertino)
Teaching styles evolve during remote learning
(Bonita Vista – Chula Vista)
Community College
(CSU Long Beach)
Community College
San Francisco Guardsman  (Vol. 170  No. 2)
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Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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