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The London Riots of August of 2011
Journalism & Communication
Pages 12 (3012 words)
The London Riots of August of 2011: Examining media and journalism on the events from the perspectives of two outlets Contents Introduction 3 Background 4 Power in Journalism 5 Comparing News Resources 6 Ethics, Journalism and New Media 9 Blog 13 Culture and Journalism 14 Discussion 16 Conclusion 18 List of Figures 19 Bibliography 20 The London Riots of August of 2011: Examining media and journalism on the events from the perspectives of two outlets Introduction Journalism is a profession in which the truth about world events is revealed to the public through ethical use of information in order to create an informed public.
One of the dangers of the news is that often rumour becomes presented as fact creating a reaction by the public that can turn to undesirable action. While the news provides an important service to the people of a nation, the reports must be accurate and ethical to have the social importance that is needed to create an informed public. Information that has been created to have the highest inflammatory effect in order to create the best possible entertainment for viewers or readers does not provide an accurate service to the public. A recent example of the dissemination of premature information that incited the public to action can be seen through the example of the riots in London during August of 2011. These riots were the result of both police action that people of the area of Tottenham found objectionable and unjust, as well as the reports made by the media that constituted rumours that had yet to be substantiated. ...
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