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Freedom, the First Amendment and the Miley Cyrus effect

Thomas Drake, left, and Jason Jones

Thomas Drake, left, and Jason Jones

Today in Intro to Media we’re going to talk about journalism, the First Amendment, whistleblowers and other topics. We’ll even check out the video of the guy who crashed the Super Bowl.
Among the questions we’ll explore:

  • How familiar are Americans with the First Amendment? Who can name the rights that the First Amendment guarantees? See First Amendment survey.
  • Should the media act as a government watchdog? If so, how’s the media doing? See Paper Cuts.
  • What role do whistleblowers play? See Jason Jones’ interview with former NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.
  • Can’t we trust the government? See sampling of investigative news stories here and the case of Bell, Calif., here.

Circling back to the First Amendment survey, why does support for our freedoms seem so soft? Continue reading

Whistleblowers and watchdogs

Today in Introduction to Mass Communication we’re going to talk about the First Amendment, whistleblowers and the media as a government watchdog.

Articles and videos for discussion:

Robert Rizzo. Photo: Zimbio