Monday, March 23, 2009

Dude! Was That You?

ON TUESDAY, we will discuss how to determine whether a broadcast news story has been done well.

Watch the video above. Is it quality journalism?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

They certianly did a nice job of turning something slightly stupid into something news worthy. It was presented in a way that almost made it seem newsworthy, but in the end, it's just a story about how the bus driver ridiculously suspended a kid from riding the bus for farting.

--lara taylor strayer

Ashley Cook said...

I don't believe this is quality journalism at all. Its humorous, but I do believe it would be portrayed as quality journalism to someone who isn't very intelligent.

Anonymous said...

This is the best news story i have ever seen. Bar none. Just kidding, the fact that they did not interview the driver, any other students on the bus, or any officials from the school makes the story very suspect. Its very one sided. Maybe he did fart, maybe he didn't. But really lets start a campaign. Free the farter.
-Jeff McDevitt

Anonymous said...

This is quality journalism because it shows how people can overreact to something so stupid. The school and bus driver have more important things to worry about. I think it is the job of journalist to help people defend themselves even in a situation like this.

-Anthony Brown

MikePriceWrites said...

Its certainly entertaining, but I don't believe its quality journalism. Even if the story did have value, Jeff was right, there is no balance. Get the school's principal on camera defending the suspension, it is a "last chance" school, maybe students are held to a higher standard of discipline that he/she can discuss. Interview the driver to see why she wrote the student up, maybe he had been disruptive before? If that station decides to run a humorous story about a possible injustice against a student, fine, but do the reporting to make the story worth watching. All this story has is an interview with the suspended student and his dad. Journalists are expected to do more.

Abigail Weiner said...

I agree. It's not like they pulled all the stops and got other people's account. While it does have a Human Interest aspect to it, it's not good journalism.

I'm down for the free the farter campaign.

Kara Koser said...

I HATED that story. If quality journalism requires newsworthiness criteria, this story had no grounds to air. I know sometimes reporters cannot help what stories they are assigned to, but come onnnn. There was no real information aside from a kid "passed gas and was suspended". That is all i got from it. There wasn't enough info to make it a piece. It was more of a one-liner. Maybe this news-team didn't have enough time to form this story correctly (time restraints). . . I am not impressed with this piece. Sorry!

-Kara Koser

Ciera Nelson said...

This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. No way is this quality journalism, it should never have even been a story. If I was the journalist who had to cover this story I'd be pissed off.

Katie Killian said...

I do not feel that this is the most impressive story, but at the same time it is still considered journalism. I feel that anything that rises awareness and interest to its audience, as well as reporting news, is considered journalism. This story may be particularly interesting to those who feel that the situation this boy is going through is ridiculous. Its newsworthiness criteria could include human interest and unusualness, thus making it quality journalism.

Michael Gaudini said...

Well, if nothing else, it fits the unusualness category.

Christopher Malo said...

What's with this story? Did they catch the Phantom Pooper and put him out of "business"?

Stephanie Klock said...

Yes, it is quality journalism, and a quality broadcast news story. They interviewed all involved, got scenes of bus and school, the referrel slip, etc. Also, the saying she used made her delivery catchy (blows over, stinks, etc)and kept the audience interested in this trivial incident.

Andrea Symonds said...

Even though it's a little...funny, I think this does qualify as journalism. The story wasn't all about a kid farting on the bus. It was about the severe punishment that he recieved for it. The bus driver had no way of proving it was him anyway. The school's side of the story should have been included, but honestly what are they going to say? " We have a strict no-fart policy?"

nicholasderoose said...
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nicholasderoose said...

I don't think it was newsworthy at all, I am sure there were better things to report on out there. And it wasn't very balanced reporting because they did not interview the school.

Cait B said...

No, this shouldn't be considered good quality journalism. It definately makes some irrelevant seems significant and interesting, but it's not really worthy of our time. It's biased an unbalance as well.

Brittney Corridean said...

This may not be quality journalism but it's definitely a lighter point compared to other things broadcast in the news these days. Sometimes funny and ridiculous can be good. It got people commenting on it right? Also it points out some of the dumb ways kids can get in trouble these days.

Amanda DiStefano said...

I feel bad for this town. THIS is what the news in that area decided to cover. The story is a "shame" in a sense, and I know it is local, BUT there has to be some type of importance factor coming into play. If nothing is happening locally, there is A LOT happening regionally, nationally, worldwide...you get the idea.

Amanda DiStefano
(current JnS Student)