What are Journalists For?
American journalists in the 1990s confronted disturbing trends--an erosion of trust in the news media, weakening demand for serious news, flagging interest in politics and civic affairs, and a discouraging public climate that seemed to be getting worse. In response, some news professionals sought to breach the growing gap between press and public with an experimental approach--public journalism. This book is an account of the movement for public journalism, or civic journalism, told by Jay Rosen, one of its leading developers and defenders. Rosen recalls the events that led to the movement's founding and gives a range of examples of how public journalism is practiced in American newsrooms. He traces the intellectual roots of the movement and shows how journalism can be made vital again by rethinking exactly what journalists are for.
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Rosen (journalism, New York Univ.) is best known for founding public journalism (also known as civic journalism), which aims to generate civic action; here he records the movement's history and goals ... Read full review