Pickard Looks at the Future of Journalism

Professor Victor Pickard has published the essay “Wither(ing) Journalism” in Publicbooks.org where he looks at several books about the current state and future of journalism, including Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age by C.W. Anderson (Temple University Press, 2013), Can Journalism Survive? An Inside Look at American Newsrooms by David Ryfe (Polity, 2012), Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism by Thomas Patterson (Vintage, 2013), The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge by Pablo J. Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein (MIT Press, 2013), Shaping Immigration News: A French-American Comparison by Rodney Benson (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Making News at the New York Times by Nikki Usher (University of Michigan Press, 2014).
 
From the introduction:
 
“The journalism crisis continues. Yet, as so often happens when social problems require structural reform, once the alarm bells fell silent—as they did after the sudden 2008–2009 downturn—our sense of urgency subsided. As with the broader financial system, whose collapse accelerated the fourth estate’s decline, the status quo has reasserted itself after being jolted. Previous warnings now seem hyperbolic and ideas for bold reforms have faded from view. Meanwhile, the number of newspaper journalists in the US has fallen by approximately a third since 2000, and continues to drop. All this transpires at a time of historic inequality and pending environmental collapse when a strong press is desperately needed to expose problems, their causes, and their solutions.”