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Combating fragmentation and lack of trust
So what is causing this loss of faith in the media? Is it the supposed proliferation of "bad news" stories? Is it the increasing trend towards convergence and globalization? There is no easy answer.
When Jay Harris, ex publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, quit his job, he said that he "could no longer live with the widening gap between creed and greed." Harris said that corporate finances were encroaching on journalistic integrity, causing a loss of faith from the public.
By our very natures, journalists prefer to report on, rather than take part in, news. Cynical by temperament and training, journalists have a difficult time in a world where the public increasingly demands more "good news."
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is impractical at best. Just as bigger is not necessarily better, it is not necessarily worse, either.
Community newspapers, while by their nature protected in some way from this fragmentation, do feel its various effects. Public distrust of the media is the most visible symptom.
Of course, the public mission of journalism is to provide information to citizens so that they are Omega Seamaster Navy
Pulitzer's standards are hard ones to live up to. They brook no compromise to journalistic integrity in any way. They force a set of standards that modern journalists may not always agree with in this modern age of television and Internet news.
It is fitting to look at Pulitzer's comments once again, little more than 100 years later. Once again, journalists face a rising distrust in the media. From Spiro Agnew's (Richard Nixon's vice president) comment that the press are "nattering nabobs of negativism," to Alexander Cockburn's first law of journalism, "To confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it," journalists are getting a rough ride.
picking up the local community newspaper, a person can now read the news on the Internet, watch it on television, or have it 'beamed' to their handheld device instantly.
Technology has opened the news source floodgates for the public. Instead of Omega Watches For Women
"A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."
When Joseph Pulitzer made the above comments just after the turn of the century, he was responding to an increasing distrust in the press. He championed an "able, disinterested, public spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it," that would "preserve public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery."
informed, making self governance Omega Speedmaster Pro Moonwatch a possibility. If the public does not trust the media, it stops taking part in the public discussions that good news and editorial generates, thus defeating another purpose of the press to generate discussion.
Good journalism can mediate this problem. Stick to the basics. Good journalism provides information that the public needs in an informative and sometimes entertaining way.
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