We created SaveTheNews.org to argue for the importance of public policy in discussions about the future of journalism. Last week, however, policy took center stage with three articles examining our government’s possible role in fostering a robust and diverse free press in America. The articles came from an array of sources – a scholar, a journalist and a pair of advocates – and appeared in newspapers across the country, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle.
What more can be said about the Internet's role in the popular uprising that has shaken the Iranian regime since its widely contested election?
The power of open social networks is undisputed. The Internet's three favorite offspring -- Twitter, Facebook and YouTube -- have been heralded by mainstream media as flag-bearers for a new era of citizen journalism and activism.
Discussions about how to save journalism sometimes remind me of a “stone soup” party – everybody brings ingredients to the table, but sometimes it adds up to a meal that even the dog wouldn’t eat.
But this month, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s Extra! magazine dove deep into the crisis facing journalism. In one piece, they asked a handful of media makers, activists and scholars how to “build a better” journalism. The final product? Soup du jour.
Here’s the recipe:
One part public interest policies that foster online innovation and connectivity.
This Sunday, just in time for Independence Day, the Seattle Times published an op-ed by Free Press staff members Victor Pickard and Joseph Torres on the vital need for enlightened public policy to address the crisis in journalism.
For too long, newspapers and other mainstream media have abandoned their commitment to public service in the pursuit of short-term gains. We now have a unique opportunity to overhaul our media system and advocate for policies to serve the informational needs of diverse communities. Their op-ed describes the demands of this unique moment and explores how the policy recommendations in our new report could help sustain newsrooms.
I’ve yet to take a bite of this “smart” phone, but know that once I do, there will be no going back; I’ll be reaching for it before I get out of bed and updating my Facebook status from yoga class. (“I think I just found my chi. Wait—it was my phone on vibrate.”)