The prospects for engaged journalism continued to improve following the election, when journalists at the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and other major media outlets all acknowledged the need to spend more time listening to the public and responding to their concerns. But what remains to be seen is whether this renewed appetite for change can reverse a decades-long trend of growing public mistrust; whether it can pierce the internet’s filter bubbles and bridge a bifurcated media landscape; and w…
Ed Madison & Ben DeJarnette
Wait, do they imagine that they haven’t been doing public journalism for a few decades? Or do they not realize that the public mistrust is largely due to the fact they’ve been doing so stealthily? That is, they have been claiming independence and objectivity while absorbing many of the public journalism tenets.
I grant that it would be an improvement to have the practice of public journalism openly acknowledged.