This week’s Article about Ebola coverage was very eye-opening. How is it that the more you watch, the less you know? Recent polls show that 69% of viewers are concerned about the Ebola virus and that 68% surveyed believe Ebola spreads “easily” (which is incorrect). This article is very interesting and brings up this moral responsibility that journalists have to tell the truth. However, it seems as though most reporters are only reporting for the ratings and the shock factor.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlin quoted, “reports can be part of the problem or part of the solution?” which side do you agree with? The problem or the solution?
I recently read an Article by China Sherz for an International Studies class I am in and she cites media as the reason why Ebola is now attached to a “racialized African body.” Do you agree or disagree with this?
How did you respond hearing that reporters are hyping up the coverage on Ebola to gain higher ratings? Does this go against the moral code of journalism and covering the facts?