Category Archives: Future of journalism.

A Brief History of Truth in Journalism — Beginning Exactly 100 Years Ago

Truth and how it might best be achieved is very much at issue in American journalism today. This is a debate with an important history. Our journalists first had to learn that it was important to stick to the facts. … Continue reading

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David Carr — Good Point, Weak History

David Gregory said out loud to one of our new model journalists what many of the old variety have, I fear, been thinking: “The question of who’s a journalist may be up to a debate with regard to what you’re doing.” The … Continue reading

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Newspapers: Plus ça change…

Engaging writing is one of the qualities the New York Times and other top newspapers might feature now that they compete for the news with, well, everybody. But this, alas, was the first sentence of the third paragraph of the lead story … Continue reading

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Journalistic Authority — Reconsidered

My colleague Jay Rosen tackles a question much on my mind lately: how journalists obtain authority. For me it’s one corner of the larger question of what standards we might use to evaluate journalism now that journalism is, once again, expanding beyond … Continue reading

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Missing the Political Power of the Internet

Television was probably the new form of communication that lent itself most to control by the powers that were. In the early decades of the medium’s history, a television transmitter was sufficiently expensive so that it was well beyond the … Continue reading

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Journalism and News: Untangling Their Histories

Here’s my talk to the Joint Journalism Historians Conference in New York yesterday. It contains some ideas I’m working on for my book on the future of journalism.  As a blog post it is rather long. So here is a summary: … Continue reading

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Reporting on Love?

Ah, Love…. Novelists and filmmakers earn their livings off the subject. (Just finished Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, which, at its best, is a love story.) Love and its discontents is often what we talk about when we talk with intimate friends. But … Continue reading

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Are New Media Destabilizing?

Wikileaks. Tunisia.  Egypt.  Yemen.  Bahrain.  Libya.  Iran. Media theorists Harold Innis and Ben Bagdikian have trumpeted the destabilizing power of new forms of communication.  Are we now witnessing instability spurred by the arrival of the Internet? Innis, who died in 1952, is … Continue reading

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New Media and the American Revolution

The argument that various new social media did not contribute much to the popular uprising in Egypt had a pretty good run during the first weeks of that uprising. Frank Rich quoted, approvingly, Malcolm Gladwell on the subject: “’surely the … Continue reading

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Belatedly Blogging

This is my second blog but my first on my main field: journalism. (I blogged for a year on the history of disbelief for the Institute for Future of the Book.) This effort is inspired by two ongoing book projects:  Beyond … Continue reading

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