Confused About Journalism’s Goals? You Must Be American

Journalists seemed to be heroic figures when they covered civil rights, poverty, pollution, the Vietnam War, and Watergate. But more recently that story has become confused. Journalists are sometimes victims of layoffs as newspapers close their doors. Or they’re targets, as President Trump accuses the media of publishing “Fake News,” and threats fill reporters’ social media feeds and email inboxes. And often, journalists are tuned out, as readers and watchers grow frustrated and give up on media outlets that don’t reflect their concerns, from climate change to education. What do journalists owe society? The world itself has changed faster than our idea of the news has, with diverse readers looking for reflections of themselves that news organizations struggle to provide, said a panel of veteran journalists and editors at a Zócalo/Getty event titled “Is Journalism About Social Justice?” Before a lively crowd at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, moderator Michelle Holmes, head of partnerships at the Alabama Media Group, … Continue reading Confused About Journalism’s Goals? You Must Be American