A New Journalism for Democracy in a New Age

September 2005
Nieman Reports;Fall2005, Vol. 59 Issue 3, p50
This article presents a speech by Bill Kovach, former curator of Nieman Foundation and directs the Committee of Concerned Journalists, delivered at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/El Pais in Madrid, Spain on February 1, 2005. Journalism does more than keep us informed. Journalism enables us, as citizens, to have our voices heard in the chambers of power and allows us to monitor and moderate the sources of power that shape our lives. In the past few decades this responsibility of the journalist in a free society has been made more vital and more difficult by the revolution in communications technology and the economic organization of journalism it has spawned. Technology has filled the world with a flood of undifferentiated information that is changing the audience for news and information from passive receivers to proactive consumers.


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