American Sociological Association

Producing Facts in a World of Alternatives: Why Journalism Matters and Why It Could Matter More

In a time of shrinking newsrooms, newspaper closings, fake news, alternative facts and outrage, and incursion from outsiders, why does professional journalism matter anymore? How can journalists, looking to defend their profession and the news they produce, claim authority over truth and fact? Michael Schudson engages these questions in Why Journalism Still Matters, a collection of writings on the value of today’s journalism for today’s democracy. Why Journalism Still Matters consists of 11 chapters split into four parts: “Where Journalism Came From,” “Going Deeper into Contemporary Journalism,” “Short Takes on Journalism and Democracy,” and an Afterword. Most of the chapters are shortened versions of previous published work or presentations from the past decade, all speaking toward the relevance of professional journalism for democracy today.

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Stephen F. Ostertag





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