A colleague forwarded along this link to me the other day. It’s an essay about the state of journalism today–not so much about the economic conditions they face (according to this article in the latest Atlantic, they’ve never been very good) but rather on where journalism’s sense of mission and role in today’s multimedia world should be. It’s time to take a stand.
The Minn Post essay summarizes this more detailed analysis of the profession, written by Brent Cunningham in the latest issue of The Columbian Journalsim Review. It’s worth the read. Reporters have their place in society. Their job is more important than ever. Having been a daily newspaper reporter before, I speak from experience in that some of the assumptions highlighted in the Atlantic article can no longer go unexamined.