The Death and Life of American Journalism

Monday, March 01, 2010

With daily newspapers closing across America, Washington bureaus and international bureaus being shuttered, Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols investigate the crisis in news and talk about the future of journalism. In The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again, they propose a bold strategy for saving journalism and saving democracy.


Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols

Comments [5]

Tom from New Jersey

It seems surprisingly short sighted to me that newspapers are folding now instead of starting the move to new media 10 years ago. As your guests point out, journalism is an essential societal function, a calling that is independent of the medium, and I believe that it is the journalists themselves who must take up the challenge of saving the "free press" by letting their voices be heard in the medium of the moment.

Mar. 01 2010 03:01 PM

>>how would you empower journalists to step up and promote media policy and other reforms<<

You'll have to ask Fox News. They probably get theirs from industry-funded places like the "National Journalism Center"

Mar. 01 2010 01:41 PM
Evelyn from Jersey City, NJ

Every J professor should require his/her students to have a subscription to a newspaper. This will give them the habit of reading a paper.

Part of any J course should emphasize that if good journalism is not paid for, good journalists cannot be paid.

Mar. 01 2010 01:35 PM
Betty Anne from UES

When "the paper" the New York Times beat the drum for the Iraq war journalism in this country died for sure.

It seems like the broadcast sports model of commentating on facts is the standard these days.

Mar. 01 2010 01:31 PM
Sydney from NYC

Journalists are taking up more initiative on the business side of journalism (for better or worse)--it's even highlighted in journalism school curriculums now (when it used to be taboo to cross the business-editorial wall).

Unfortunately, many seem to still have reservations advocating for political change. Why the hesitation and how would you empower journalists to step up and promote media policy and other reforms?

Mar. 01 2010 12:40 PM

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