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1 Civic journalism A brief overview of a reform movement in transition

2 Jay Rosen Loss of circulation tied to loss of community

3 Jay Rosen Loss of circulation tied to loss of community “What Are Journalists For?” examines civic (public) journalism

4 Jay Rosen Loss of circulation tied to loss of community “What Are Journalists For?” examines civic (public) journalism John Dewey is his inspiration

5 “Bowling Alone” Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital”

6 “Bowling Alone” Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital” Newspaper readership associated with community involvement

7 “Bowling Alone” Robert Putnam traced the decline of “social capital” Newspaper readership associated with community involvement Doing good can be good for business

8 Journalists as social workers News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board

9 Journalists as social workers News orgs can galvanize local agenda and serving as a sounding board The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.

10 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”

11 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

12 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

13 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”

14 What about objectivity? Traditional thinking says don’t get involved in community

15 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

16 Notable experiments Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996

17 Notable experiments Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996 In Wilmington, Del., town meetings on economic woes

18 Notable experiments Boston Globe inadvertently predicted Buchanan victory in 1996 In Wilmington, Del., town meetings on economic woes In Indianapolis, Mike Tyson and race

19 The urge to pander What would reader surveys have showed in Southern newspapers in the 1950s?

20 Who owns the agenda? Helms-Gantt contest had broad themes of race, generational change and values

21 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

22 Where did civic journalism go? Jay Rosen moved on, is now a leading apostle of citizen journalism

23 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


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