Peoria Pundit keeps watch on his local media’s decline, not the mention to decline of what he calls “dead tree” media.
Recently he pointed readers to a talk by Jay Rosen, who writes “Press Talk, Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine.”
I realize most readers won’t be interested, but those newspaper reporters who dip in might find Rosen’s perspective illuminating.
Most interesting to me was the Lincoln Stephens view of journalism, which, presumably, is old hat to those who attended journalism school (my master’s degree at the University of Michigan was in Public Administration, while my major at Oberlin College was economics).
He was into, hold on now, advocacy journalism.
“I am not a scientist. I am a journalist.
“I did not gather with indifference all the facts and arrange them patiently for permanent preservation and laboratory analysis.
“I did not want to preserve, I wanted to destroy the facts.
“My purpose was [to] see if the shameful facts, spread out in all their shame, would not burn through our civic shamelessness and set fire to American pride.
“That was the journalism of it.
“I wanted to move and to convince.”
If only reporters in the Leftstream media would be as forthright with their readers/watchers.
Rosen points to five sources of stress for journalists:
“Journalists today are under stress. The stress has five sources. Bloggers put all five right into the face of professional journalism.
- One: A collapsing economic model, as print and broadcast dollars are exchanged for digital dimes.
- Two: New competition (the loss of monopoly) as a disruptive technology, the Internet, does its thing.
- Three. A shift in power. The tools of the modern media have been distributed to the people formerly known as the audience.
- Four: A new pattern of information flow, in which ‘stuff’ moves horizontally, peer to peer, as effectively as it moves vertically, from producer to consumer. Audience atomization overcome, I call it.
- Five. The erosion of trust (which started a long time ago but accelerated after 2002) and the loss of authority.”
If you are intrigued at the “look down the nose” approach of too many newspaper types who have no chance of having enough reporters to cover stories that they wish they could run, you might want to read the entire, long speech.