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Online news sources have become much more prominent in recent years. How does news transmitted through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other similar sources differ from that of traditional news sources? Does it matter?
 
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What role do the media play in the policymaking process? Use the example of poor conditions in nursing homes to illustrate this role.
 
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How did the founders of American democracy envision the role of the media, and how is this vision represented in the U.S. Constitution? Do Americans share this vision? Do you agree?
 
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Explain the Open Meetings and Public Information Acts. Explain how these laws help the media do their jobs.
 
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What is the Capitol press corps and what has happened to it in recent years? Why might it matter for the nature of politics in Texas?
 
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The Internet blogs covering and commenting on state government and politics in recent years are more objective than other media.
 
  Indicate whether this statement is true or false.
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Answer: An ideal response will:
1. Define and explain citizen journalism.
2. Explain that citizen journalists typically do little original reporting and rely heavily on traditional media for information.
3. Explain that citizen journalists are not trained in media ethics and responsibilities and typically are unconcerned with objectivity.
4. Explain that the growing reliance of younger individuals on online news sources means that it might make it more challenging for them to receive accurate, unbiased information.
5. Explain that consumers are increasingly able to tailor news consumption to accommodate preexisting beliefs.

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Answer: An ideal response will:
1. Define and explain agenda setting, agenda building, and issue-attention cycle.
2. Identify the criteria the media use to select which events and issues to cover.
3. Use poor conditions in nursing homes to illustrate media attention and coverage, agenda setting occurring as a result of this coverage, government attention to the issue, and decreased media and public interest (issue-attention cycle).

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Answer: An ideal response will:
1. Explain the founders' interest in the ability of individuals to be critical of government without consequence and for people to be able to monitor government and public officials.
2. Explain the role of media as watchdogs.
3. Explain protections of freedom of speech and press in the First Amendment.
4. Note that about half of Americans feel that news organizations protect democracy, and almost 70 percent feel the media are important as government watchdogs.
5. State a position regarding the role of the media.

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Answer: An ideal response will:
1. Define and explain the Open Meetings and Public Information Acts.
2. Describe the role of media as watchdogs.
3. Explain how open government allows the media to more easily keep tabs on government and perform the watchdog role.

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Answer: An ideal response will:
1. Define the Capitol press corps.
2. Explain that the Capitol press corps has been shrinking and give some examples of this.
3. Explain that the media's ability to act as a watchdog of state government is being undermined and that public officials may be less inclined to behave as desired as a result.
4. Explain that it may offer an opportunity for special interests to increase their influence.

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Answer: False
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