How Will Journalism Keep The Lights On?

Friday, August 30, 2013


As audiences for media splinter and advertising with it, how will the journalism concerns that we've grown to know and love keep the lights on? Bob talks to Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, Mike Perlis of Forbes, M. Scott Havens of The Atlantic, Erin Pettigrew of Gawker, Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune, Richard Toffel of ProPublica and Pam Horan of the Online Publishers Association about all the ways they're striving mightily to keep journalism financially viable.  


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Erin Pettigrew

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Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

beth aaron

Noam Chomsky said, " One smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion but allow lively debate within that spectrum."

Syria- Well guess which nation uses the food system as a chemical weapon whereby HAZMAT suits are worn to pour and spray neurotoxins in the form of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, on FOOD? America

Which nation's government funded agency tasked with protecting the environment, DOESN'T as it's so called EPA has NO teeth and it's FDA approves tens of THOUSANDS of toxic chemicals from BASF, Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, and hundreds of other chemical companies? America
Ever been to a sprawling feedlot with city size waste lagoons like the one in Texas just gone viral on FB, looking like a lake of blood?
How often do "journalists" report on the destruction of animal agriculture to water, air, climate emissions, besides our moral abomination of butchering about a MILLION sentient beings per minute in the US alone, for protein they consumed from plant foods? NEVER!!!!!!!!!
And which journalists covering health issues ever interview medical professionals and nutritionists who ARE reversing and curing chronic diseases ( See Forks Over Knives )simply by removing the cause, eating the poisonous products from animals, processed "food" loaded with additives ( Chemicals of mass destruction, eat your heart out Syria, we just toxify people slowly and applaud the GDP from so called health care )and other diet and environmental causes ?

Ag-Gag???Well now there's a topic vigorously discusses! NOT EVER besides a few sound bites. Never mind our own government looks at animal rights advocates as "terrorists." Another moral abomination that harming animals is the clear sign of pathology yet our entire economic structure was built upon exploiting sentient beings. But our "in-depth" reporting looks into this ethical and jurisprudence schizophrenia how often? NEVER.

The media sounds like an arm of the Pentagon, and b rates movies that promote violence and chaos. It's lowered its standards and become a harbinger of the debased.

Sep. 03 2013 06:19 AM
Ramesh from NY

Professional Journalists being professional in journalism seem to lack hands-on experience in the domain they are reporting. Example for domains are finance, health care, technology, etc... Bloggers have exposed this weakness because bloggers have experience in some of these domains. That is why I give more attention to comment section than main article.

Going by the coverage of NSA scandal, I do not think journalists even do home work. The book 'Shadow factory' published in 2008 has lot of details about NSA. Like makers of devices, makers of software, revolving door between private contractors and ex-NSA officials, etc.... Given this wealth of information I was expecting in-depth stories but none came. Based on my knowledge 'Warren Olney' is the only host to interview James Bamford(author of Shadow factory). I read Shadow factory in 2008, and security pundits are yet to catch up with non-journalist like me.

Sep. 03 2013 01:33 AM
Jewel Fox from Laconia

In our rush for the new there are a few things we shouldn't forget about newspapers before it's too late - a few things that we will never be able to reliably say about news found on the internet. Newspapers are: 1. Professional - I know that trained journalists wrote and edited my newspaper - their names are clearly displayed throughout. 2. Local - I know that a reporter is watching and reporting on my town's government, business, community and sport events. 3. Safe and dependable - Unlike a website, it's not possible to hack a newspaper, and it prints reliably (sometimes even heroically) according to its published schedule. 4. Low cost and durable - no device is necessary to read a newspaper. A 100 year old newspaper can still be read today. The face of advertising has changed for good. Let's not accidentally lose our newspapers as a result.

Sep. 02 2013 07:49 AM
Jan Reinhart from New Brunswick, NJ

Perhaps this is a period of chaos that will resolve into a new golden age of journalism. Or maybe things are just getting worse and the golden and silver ages of reporting have given way to a new dark ages. The future may simply consist of a mix of paid content and infotainment for morons with a few lonely ProPublica beacons here and there, largely being ignored. I've stopped holding my breath, frankly.

Sep. 01 2013 10:55 AM

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