Reflections from Media Stakeholders

When we began #The Ferguson Project Four, I don’t think any of us fully realized the implications of Ferguson, and the outrage to come from cities all around the country. As the Media Stakeholder, as well as a concerned citizen, I have been fervently following the news coverage of Ferguson, prior to the shooting, of the shooting, after the shooting, and now after the trial results have finally been announced. I hope that if we keep talking, keep fighting, keep spreading the word, our voices will be so loud that America will not continue to ignore race. This is so much more than about one shooting in Ferguson.

I’ve been struggling with the format of Twitter because there is so much more to say than in 140 characters, and even a blog post can’t do Ferguson justice. My hope for this blog and Twitter account is that we can encourage others to join the discussion and ask questions along with us as we attempt to create a full picture of #Ferguson.

I’ve also struggled because media always aims to remain objective–but it is exactly in this polarized situation where objectivity becomes extremely difficult to achieve. I often felt I had to censor my opinions as I wanted to be more critical of the media. So, I plan on using the blog as a platform for the opinions, thoughts, and reflections that do not fit within the realm of Twitter.

Alan Krawitz of Media Bistro gives the media coverage of the Ferguson shooting a grade of C to C-, critiquing “…coverage that I thought was uneven, at best, with some national reporters even crossing journalistic lines to become advocates, rather than unbiased, objective third-parties.” However, who decides where this line is. At what point is it unethical for journalists to remain “unbiased”? And when does something become “sensationalism,” rather than outrage over the truth? However, media does still play a huge role in helping to expose the racial divides in the U.S., and without the media (and citizen journalists using Twitter or other blogs), I don’t think the #Ferguson protests that occurred yesterday and today would have been possible.

What do you think of the media coverage of #Ferguson? What role should the media play?

Be heard,

Media Stakeholder

Reflections from Media Stakeholders

Stakeholder: Government

This is just a small statement from the student that will represent the Stakeholder as the Government. What my stakeholder will focus on will be primarily obtaining the perspectives of the governmental control from a national to international standpoint of the current events taking place at Ferguson. I will utilize sources mostly from the governmental sources but occasionally media sources as well. Since media sources often filter the perspectives of governmental officials I will primarily use direct quotes from governmental officials. The government is often perceived as concealing essential information about events and not taking into consideration several factors that have impacted communities to make final decisions. As a result we are attempting to see if followers on our Twitter account will be more objective to comments made by my stakeholder over others. I will attempt to make two tweets per day to get the attention of people who are currently following the events taking place at Ferguson.

Currently, it has been difficult to find governmental sources that have direct responses to events from the mayor, governor, and other figures involved with the events taking place at Ferguson. As a result I had to rely on media sources, that are known to edit several portions of governmental figures speeches. My hope is that I am able to find more quotes. I also hope that people are still watching fervently as Ferguson and other regions that suffer from injustices even past today’s verdict of the no-indictment of the officer Wilson. An event like this makes its mark into a social issue only so often that once again brings people’s attention to major issues within society that are still yet fully addressed and resolved. I hope this event is not forgotten and brings more activism to this social concern, so it becomes more than an “event.”

Stakeholder: Government