By Thomas E. Patterson
Because the journalist Walter Lippmann famous approximately a century in the past, democracy falters “if there isn't any regular provide of reliable and suitable news.” Today’s newshounds usually are not offering it. Too frequently, newshounds supply equivalent weight to proof and biased opinion, fan the flames of small controversies, and replacement infotainment for genuine information. even if they get the proof rights, they typically misjudge the context during which they belong.
Information is the lifeblood of a fit democracy. Public opinion and debate undergo while electorate are misinformed approximately present affairs, as is more and more the case. even though the disasters of today’s communique process can't be blamed exclusively at the information media, they're a part of the matter, and the simplest desire for whatever higher.
Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective. until newshounds are extra deeply expert concerning the topics they disguise, they're going to proceed to misread them and to be at risk of manipulation by way of their assets. during this e-book, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie company and the Knight starting place, Patterson demands not anything under a massive overhaul of journalism perform and schooling. The publication speaks not just to reporters yet to all who're taken with the integrity of the data on which America’s democracy depends.
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Extra resources for Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism
Part of the reason for journalists' complaints is a continuing difference in their beliefs and those of universities about the role of journalism education. Journalists believe the curriculum should combine liberal arts with training in journalistic techniques with the primary purpose of preparing students for newspaper work. Most teachers share that view. considering it adequate to teach little more than basic skills in journalism courses. Many others. however, are unconvinced that the primary function of education is to teach occupational skills or that the role of university is simply to provide workers for an industry.
He was first and last an interpretative reporter of his time and profession-the kind that he continually urged his students to become. C. Brown. 1964), p. 504. 16Eulenberg. p. 55. Chilton Bush, Journalism Professional as Scholar During the formation of modem journalism education in the 1920s, 1930s. and 1940s. journalism teachers walked a difficult path between the profession from which most had come and the world of academia in which they were attempting to reside. To go too far into one would mean disassociation and even alienation from the other.
P. 55. Chilton Bush, Journalism Professional as Scholar During the formation of modem journalism education in the 1920s, 1930s. and 1940s. journalism teachers walked a difficult path between the profession from which most had come and the world of academia in which they were attempting to reside. To go too far into one would mean disassociation and even alienation from the other. Journalism education needed people who were comfortable in both worlds-those who could combine credible professional experience with quality scholarship and those who could build bridges between the two areas.
Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism by Thomas E. Patterson