The Epidemic Of The Ebola Outbreak

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It is standard journalistic practice that a story must be news worthy in order for it to be of any significance. Newsworthiness is determined by the following criteria impact, timeliness, prominence, proximity, the bizarre, conflict, human interest, and currency. (SPJ) Reports must demonstrate how their story fits into one of these criteria before it can be considered news. While these factors of newsworthiness are not lost in today’s media, many media outlets have started to sensationalize the news in an effort to get rating. In today’s fragmented news society ratings have become the dominate motive behind news stories. Recently that has been a lot of information in the news concerning the Ebola outbreak. This coverage has posed many questions from an ethical and a legal standpoint. Many of the issues that have plagued the coverage of the Ebola outbreak can be attributed to the consolidation of the American media market. Because of relaxed regulation by the Federal Communication Commission, large corporations have been able to been able to increase their share of the media market. This has given rise to six conglomerates that control 90% of the media in this country. As is the case with any business, the bottom line is going to be the most important thing at the end of the day. The director of The National Press Institute, Andrew Nachison said, “media managers [have]become so caught up in the economics of the industry that they [do] not recognize they [are]
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