Experiencing the Meaning of Journalism

Henson, Maria
December 2004
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p58
This article discusses matters related to journalism during the age of punditry and attitude in the U.S. Journalism can survive in this age of punditry and attitude. Its roots lie in unruly partisan newspapering, from the nasty jousting of the Republican versus Federalist press in the country's earliest days. Surely, the anarchic, chaotic fireworks of talk show shouting, Internet blogging, and 24/7 news are the modern-day version of rowdy pamphleteering. It is worrying if citizens are looking only for news that affirms their point of view and do not live in places where there is an exchange of ideas, democracy is weakened and people get angrier about politics and institutions. Compromise becomes a sign of defeat. The individual is extreme and supreme, and the common good seems passe. The work of a journalists is based on a particular view of citizens: that they care about their rights, the conduct of their government, their role in governing--hat they care about the country as a whole. No matter the period in history, journalism in a democratic society has to offer information that is accurate, rich in context and history, balanced and able to withstand peer review. The top-down method of deciding and delivering news is distasteful to many, but it is also true that in a world where information bombards a journalist can be a useful guide in making sense of this world, exposing abuses and injustices that might rile a citizen to act.


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