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Civic journalism. A brief overview of a reform movement in transition. Jay Rosen. Loss of circulation tied to loss of community. Jay Rosen. Loss of circulation tied to loss of community “What Are Journalists For?” examines civic (public) journalism. Jay Rosen.

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civic journalism

Civic journalism

A brief overview of a reform movement in transition

jay rosen
Jay Rosen
  • Loss of circulation tied to loss of community
jay rosen1
Jay Rosen
  • Loss of circulation tied to loss of community
  • “What Are Journalists For?” examines civic (public) journalism
jay rosen2
Jay Rosen
  • Loss of circulation tied to loss of community
  • “What Are Journalists For?” examines civic (public) journalism
  • John Dewey is his inspiration
bowling alone
“Bowling Alone”
  • Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital”
bowling alone1
“Bowling Alone”
  • Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital”
  • Newspaper readership associated with community involvement
bowling alone2
“Bowling Alone”
  • Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital”
  • Newspaper readership associated with community involvement
  • Doing good can be good for business
journalists as social workers
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
journalists as social workers1
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
  • The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
journalists as social workers2
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
  • The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
    • 1988 series “Columbus: Beyond 2000”
journalists as social workers3
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
  • The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
    • 1988 series “Columbus: Beyond 2000”
    • Followed up with public forum
journalists as social workers4
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
  • The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
    • 1988 series “Columbus: Beyond 2000”
    • Followed up with public forum
    • Editor Jack Fuller founded civic group called United Beyond 2000
journalists as social workers5
Journalists as social workers
  • News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board
  • The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
    • 1988 series “Columbus: Beyond 2000”
    • Followed up with public forum
    • Editor Jack Fuller founded civic group called United Beyond 2000
  • “Seeing the public into fuller existence”
what about objectivity
What about objectivity?
  • Traditional thinking says don’t get involved in community
what about objectivity1
What about objectivity?
  • Traditional thinking says don’t get involved in community
  • Len Downie, who doesn’t vote, says it shouldn’t matter to journalists whether others do or not
notable experiments
Notable experiments
  • Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996
notable experiments1
Notable experiments
  • Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996
  • In Wilmington, Del., town meetings on economic woes
notable experiments2
Notable experiments
  • Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996
  • In Wilmington, Del., town meetings on economic woes
  • In Indianapolis, Mike Tyson and race
the urge to pander
The urge to pander
  • What would reader surveys have showed in Southern newspapers in the 1950s?
who owns the agenda
Who owns the agenda?
  • Helms-Gantt contest had broad themes of race, generational change and values
who owns the agenda1
Who owns the agenda?
  • Helms-Gantt contest had broad themes of race, generational change and values
  • Michael Kelly argues that the media reduced it to a dry civics lesson — crime, taxes, health care, education
where did civic journalism go
Where did civic journalism go?
  • Jay Rosen moved on, is now a leading apostle of citizen journalism
where did civic journalism go1
Where did civic journalism go?
  • Jay Rosen moved on, is now a leading apostle of citizen journalism
  • Pioneering placeblogger Lisa Williams makes familiar argument about community