Wednesday, October 29, 2008

everything i learned about journalism ...

... i learned from Jon Stewart? And Campbell Brown?

You probably already saw this, but if not, listen/watch what she has to say about "false equivalency" (aka "balance), access, the Washington press corps, and partisan news media. She gets it. bk


Nicole said...

This is a great clip. I like how she spells it out so clearly - if you, as an educated and informed journalist - can put meaning to an issue, then that's your job. All fairness and talking points aside, if it's sunny it's sunny, if it's not, it's not.

geewhy said...

What's interesting is that this is the premise that launched the alternative newsweekly boom twenty years ago. It was a highly successful — and profitable — approach for those papers. They ran stories that had enough reporting for the writer to make an informed judgment, rather than just parroting the views of two opposing sides.

The best of the alt weeklies never had a political agenda, although they were often misidentified as lefty or the spawn of the old underground press. (A small number, like the SF Guardian, did fit that profile, but most did not. In fact, New Times, the most successful chain of alt weekly papers, was often criticized for not having a leftist agenda. )

Sadly, alt weeklies are now suffering the fate of all newspapers, even though they anticipated a major trend in the news industry — meticulously reported point-of-view journalism.

So while it's encouraging to see TV folks reaching this conclusion, it's not like they've discovered something new.

barbara kelley said...

i agree. my point was not that c brown had invented the wheel. just that she acknowledged its existence.
I believe the most credible journalism -- daily, altweekly, broadcast and magazine -- is almost always point-of-view journalism, so long as it is backed by meticulous (as gee why points out) and thorough reporting. where does so-called objectivity come in? the methods. not the final product. bk