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Last Blog: Good News-Local Journalism That Made a Difference

The story I found most compelling was the one about Wal-Mart. In high school, I watched a movie about the growing corporation and it completely changed my view of the store. Ever since, I’ve always been interested in the power-house company. Before reading Good News: Local Journalism That Made a Difference, I knew Wal-Mart was a huge corporation that was full of scams and treated suppliers poorly, however, I didn’t realize how poorly they treat their own employees and how they build in such remote locations that are important to the environment. I thought it was interesting how Wal-Mart, “the world’s biggest corporation” (123) “violated minimum wage laws in the 1960s” (124). Why would such a large corporation that has already cut corners with suppliers, etc. pay their employees so little that they were paid below minimum wage? I found that ridiculous. I also thought it was sad to hear that “the average Chinese factory worker was paid about 40 cents an hour” (123) to make products Wal-Mart was buying. I feel as though Wal-Mart has too much power and continues to work in harmful ways. That’s why I was so happy to read about St. Petersburg where “citizens saved a wetland by stopping a proposed Wal-Mart store” (131). Media played a huge role in preventing the construction of this unnecessary Wal-Mart. One radio station, WMNF, broadcasted the beliefs of the “anti-Wal-Mart activists” while the St. Petersburg Times newspaper “criticized Wal-Mart but largely left out the activists in favor of government spokespeople” (131). Another newspaper, the Tampa Tribune, didn’t even bring up the issue until it was fixed. The varying types of media and bias played a big role in public awareness and opinion of the building of the Wal-Mart in St. Petersburg, which I also found interesting. One question I would ask Eesha Williams is are issues similar to the St. Petersburg Wal-Mart incident usually brought up in the media, or was this a rare incident? And how do you think the media can keep bias out of their reports?

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  1. Kathleen
    November 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Well done, Nicole. You bring up some interesting questions about media coverage and bias in the news. How do you think these issues relate to media ownership? Good job.

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