“2.03 Broadcast – Radio” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

For this assessment you must listen to a news radio broadcast and analyze its credibility by using the listening techniques you have learned in the lesson. Answer the questions below in either a written or voice recorded report about the broadcast you heard. Write your work as though you are writing for a radio broadcast of your own using a Web 2.0 tool of your choosing. Be visually descriptive, clear, and concise. Submit your work to your instructor.

Your response must be at least three paragraphs long when written and answer the following questions:

  • What was the broadcast about?
  • What did you learn from the broadcast?
  • Who gave the broadcast?
  • What have you learned about the reporter? (You may need to research this person’s name.)
  • What sources did the reporter use to support the story?
  • Would you consider this broadcast to be a credible news source? Why or why not?

For this assignment, I listened to a radio broadcast called Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions about Election Security by Pam Fessler of National Public Radio (NPR).

In the state of Virginia there have been many problems with the voting polls recently. Apparently the WiFi network was easily logged into by any Joe Shmo, and the votes were altered easily without detection. An election Officer streaming music on their phone intefeared with the WiFi, causing the whole system to crash. These are just a few examples that have been warned against by Computer security experts for a while now.

One thing that can be learned from this situation is that nothing online very is secure, even in this day and age. Let’s face it, technology is just too new, even in 2015 to be as secure as we would like it to be. This can be seen in so many instances including the bank hacking’s we have had in the past years, and now this.

Pam Fessler, the broadcaster covering this story, is a corespondent who covers poverty and philanthropy for NPR’s national desk. She has been recognized through the 2011 First Place Headliner Award in the category of human interest. Prior becoming a correspondent for the national desk, Fessler was the standing senior editor for the Washington Desk and oversaw the network’s coverage of the impeachment of President Clinton and the 1998 mid-term elections. She was appointed deputy Washington editor and Midwest National Desk editor. In 1996, She was NPR’s chief election editor who coordinated all the network’s coverage of the presidential, congressional, and state elections that year.

In this story Ms. Fessler used a few sources to support the story, such as Edgardo Cortes from the state of Virginia’s elections commissioner, Jeremy Epstein co-founder of Virginia Verified Voting and Tammy Patrick a former Arizona election official.

I would consider NPR to be a credible news source. Though since they rely on many outside organizations for funding,  they may tend to cater their broadcasting to their contributors too heavily, in my opinion. This may cause their broadcasting to be rendered somewhat biased.

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