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Ben Voth, Mark Vamos Contribute Communication Articles to SMU Magazine

CCPA, Journalism Professors Write Articles for "How We Communicate" Series

Associate professor and chair of Corporate Communications and Public and Affairs Ben Voth and William J. O'Neill Chair in Business Journalism Mark Vamos contributed articles to the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of SMU Magazine. The articles provide the professors' unique viewpoints for a series titled "How We Communicate."

From Ben Voth's " Let's Keep Things Civil ":

Much of the decline in public argument is rooted in Americans’ unfortunate social addiction to cynicism – believing that all public arguments are inherently self-serving and not for the public good. Criticism for criticism’s sake has become too popular. The recent film Invictus shows Nelson Mandela offering a note of inspiration to the captain of the South African rugby team regarding this important problem. Mandela used a quotation from President Teddy Roosevelt – rather than English literature – that would serve the new advocates of our present time well:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; ... if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”

From Mark Vamos' " Journalism: New Life for a Dying Breed ":

The traditional news media have an audience problem, it’s true. But information has no audience problem. In fact, the audience for information is insatiable – that’s why 1.7 billion of the world’s inhabitants use the Internet. The trick will be to match up that audience with real news in a sustainable way.

There are hundreds of experiments going on right now that seek ways to do just that. Which model or combination of models will be the answer? Will it be an iPhone app, Twitter, an e-reader, a tablet? Will it be things with strange names like micropayments, pay walls, citizen journalism, hyperlocal journalism, nonprofit journalism or consortium journalism? I don’t know, and nobody does. But all the experimentation is the reason that young journalists are so excited by the possibilities: They’re getting in at the early stages of something new, and they have a chance to shape the future instead of carrying on a hoary tradition. It’s also why we no longer teach our students to be print journalists, broadcast journalists or even Internet journalists.

 Read the full Ben Voth story and the full Mark Vamos story.

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