Civic Journalism. The Role of Newspapers in Building Citizenship. Press Challenges. Profit pressures Internet Bad journalistic habits Government regulation. New Questions:. Who is a journalist? What is journalism?. New Trends:. Interactive journalism Participatory journalism
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The Role of Newspapers in Building Citizenship
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News that citizens need to:
Content audits: 1977 - 1997:
Internal vs. External
“A Journalists’s Toolbox”
“Tapping Civic Life” booklet
Covering the Noise
Covering the Silences
The New City
√ As color or furniture that you move around?
√ Or as a citizen capable of action?
Do you only raise awareness?
√ Can a story invite input, ideas?
√ Can it help readers do something with the information?
Have you talked to all stakeholders?
√ Do you report more than two sides of the story?
√ Do the pros and cons get you the real story?
Do you report internal and external conflict?
√ Do you help people see possible choices and consequences of those choices?
√ Do you examine conflicting values?
Do you advance solutions?
√ Report what has worked elsewhere?
√ Invite community brainstorming?
Do you invite participation?
√ How can people respond?
√ Are there “entry points” for input?
2001 Pew Poll
More Meaningful Interaction
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