Opening Up to Kids

Moynihan, Shawn
December 2003
Nieman Reports;Winter2003, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p42
The section presents an article on the actions that should be taken by a periodical editor to close the generation gap among its young readers. Many students are learning less much that people think they are. Many of the days were largely spent trying to discipline students who were pleased to see someone other that their usual teacher at the front of a classroom. It is not much of a stretch to believe that teenagers will always think of newspapers as little more than a forum which adults regularly provide disinformation to each other and to young people. Journalists have a responsibility to improve education and awareness of current events by remaining dedicated to Newspapers in Education programs. In articles urging the press to reform newsroom policies and public image in the wake of the Jayson Blair journalism scandal, many former editors and media critics have advised newspapers to offer readers a clear view of how they operate. The potential benefits of personally interacting with young readers are real. If young people grow up believing they can not trust reporters and editors to tell the truth and respect their audience, readers can turn to these newspapers when they are older.


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