Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites   No comments
Articles

The Fight To Save Journalism

By       Message Danny Schechter     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

storycon.org Headlined to H4 11/9/13

Originally Published on OpEdNews

The Battle Over The Future of Journalism is Becoming More Intense.

By Danny Schechter

New York, New York: I was among the many media wannabe reformers to attend the tenth anniversary party of Free Press, (Freepress.net) the mostly online organization and lobby that promotes itself as a movement to transform our media system, and save our democracy.

I certainly support their policy goals like net neutrality and curbs on media consolidation,  and also admire their staying power, even if their style is very upwardly mobile, and rather un-left like, starting with this trendy soireee in an ultra modern upscale hotel lounge where drinks went for $15.00.

Free Press has been very effective in raising large sums of money using top-down means of organizing support.  (To be honest, as the editor of Mediachannel.org, a site that is barely holding on, I am a bit jealous of their successful skills as fundraisers and organization builders.)

 

I would like to see them do more to encourage other progressive groups to get beyond partisan electoral politics and take on media issues

I had been troubled by a lack a follow-up at their earlier media reform conferences and their on-line petition orientation, but I have to admit, at the same time, few other groups have taken on these issues so persistently, and can claim 165,000 supporters.

What I have also admire is the support they have attracted from the likes of Bill Moyers who has spoken at,  and even helped fund  their events. Moyers is an eloquent and outspoken advocate for the importance of journalism as a guardian of democracy. (Disclosure, he praised my new book, Madiba A-Z on Nelson Mandela as part of his speech at the event and even wrote a blurb for it Thank you, Bill.)

I haven't seen any press reports about the Free Press celebration, other than the one I blogged. I also reported on their earnest and outspoken advocates I admire, folks like Media historian Robert McChesney, Nation editor John Nichols and CEO Craig Aaron.

Aaron's speech was very media critical.

This party didn't form a Party. In fact, it rapidly turned from a call to arms, to a call for alms, with fundraising envelopes everywhere, and wealthy donors announcing impressive donations.

Their message doesn't get much bounce in the media that has more bottom line concerns to worry about. Most of the mainstream or "lame stream' media are loathe to critique themselves or let others do it in their  "space." Try to get the New York Times To print a letter criticizing the New York Times, and you will see what I mean.

No one at the Free Press event mentioned the recent flawed Benghazi story on 60 Minutes that the network was then defending until they suddenly caved on Friday, and announced they will apologize for it. 

It was another "scoop" by chief correspondent Lara Logan who never saw a US military escalation she disapproved of. It was her story but rather than admit her own culpability, she issued and delivered statements about how "WE"--ie. the CBS News Division will correct it,

Even as Lara was deflecting criticism from herself, another prominent media maven, publisher Tina Brown, was in India denouncing journalism itself, after reportedly losing $60 million dollars running Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

View Ratings | Rate It

News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Fight To Save Journalism (183 views)

Total Views: 183

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Solutions Journalism and OpEdNews by Meryl Ann Butler (16)

Snuggling Up to Celebrities Not Part of Journalism Training by Walter Brasch (10)

Comparing Seven Different Story Paradigms by Chris Huntley (9)

Writing For Life: Writing and Authoring by Kamala B. Sarup (9)

A Reply to Burl Hall's Nostalgic Article "Can a Verb Based Language Bring Peace to the Planet?" by Thomas Farrell (8)

Pretty Profiles Are Fine, but Where are Stories of Powerful Women? by Elayne Clift (8)

Stories That Sell Because They Are Based on Values and Identity by David Garfinkel (7)

Downsizing the News Staff; Downsizing Quality and Credibility by Walter Brasch (6)

What Creates Passion and Passionate People, and What Defeats it In Us? Interview with Gregg Levoy by Rob Kall (6)

HOPKINS, THE SELF, AND GOD is Ong's Crowning Achievement (Review Essay) by Thomas Farrell (6)

Freelancing, Failure, Follow-up, Risk, Reframing and the Passionate Life: Gregg Levoy Intvw Transcript Part 2 by Rob Kall (6)

The Fine Art of Listening by Elayne Clift (6)

Tell Your Story Now! by Arlene Goldbard (6)

Best-Selling Author John Lescroart Talks About Latest Book, Prisons, Writing & Friendship by Joan Brunwasser (6)

Journalism and Government Corruption by Reginald Johnson (6)

Novelist Karen McQuestion's "A Scattered Life" by Joan Brunwasser (6)

How To Create An Evil Character-- Sound Familiar? by Rob Kall (5)

My Campaign to Change the World (and also sell some books) by Scott Baker (5)

The Worlds of Story-- so much bigger than books and movies by Rob Kall (5)

How Indie Film Can Make 'Story' the Comeback King by Ida Alwin (5)

About a Book and The Power of Stories by Tsara Shelton (5)

An Ad That Defies Stereotypes by you tube (5)

Transcript: Arlene Goldbard, author, The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future by Rob Kall (5)

How Do You Finance Your Writing Habit? by J.L. Morin (5)

Restorative Narrative-- Finding Hope After Darkness by Rob Kall (5)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular