Wednesday, May 28, 2003

second thoughts on civic journalism

...not that they lead to any conclusions either, but...
(previous post here)

Some very blurred? crossed? lines.
From Feb. 3 Sydney Morning Herald, How the [Wall St.] Journal recruited cheerleaders for war: ("Ethical issues arise when a paper gets too involved in the news it reports, Tim Rutten writes.")
The question arose: had the paper orchestrated a declaration of support for a Bush Administration policy its own editorial page has unstintingly supported, and reported the event as news?

"It reminds one of the old adage: if you don't like the news, go out and make some yourself[sic*]," said Orville Schell, dean of the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

(via Kathryn Cramer via amygdala)

* that's "...make some of your own". Mr. Schell must not have been a Nisker listener (or at least not a pedantic one)

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