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Sunday, May 27, 2018
New Wave of Journalism May Help Authors
number of daily and weekly newspaper employees stood at 455,000 people in
1990.By 2016, that number had fallen
dramatically to just 173,000.
more than a 60% reduction in the staffing of our nation’s newspapers over a
period of just 25 years, the writing is on the wall.The newspaper business, already severely
hampered in its ability to perform a crucial duty – to uncover the news and
report it without bias, borders on extinction.
free press is needed to inform and enlighten us, to champion justice and
equity, to provide checks and balances to all government branches –
legislative, judicial, and executive – and corporate powers and foreign
technological advances, decreased readership, the Internet and the merging or closing of a chunk of newspapers – not to mention decreased ad dollars forcing
labor cuts – all conspired to injure journalism.
or what can help fill this void?
out www.ReportForAmerica.org. It’s an
organization – a non-profit – that helps to get enough good people and to raise
enough money to support its efforts.Early supporters include Google News Lab, The Lenfest Institute for
Journalism, Knight Foundation, The Center for Investigating Reporting and
Reveal Labs, and Solutions Journalism Network.
the news media, particularly newspapers, shrink, it hurts authors.Fewer stories are dedicated to books and
authors, with less ink for book previews.We
need bigger and better journalism if books are to thrive.
for America is a new model to strengthen journalism, enrich communities,
empower citizens and restore trust in media by developing and sustaining a new
wave of journalists to serve local news organizations in under-covered corners
journalists are selected by Report for America – based on their skill,
character and commitment to public service journalism.
corps members will report in local newsrooms across America, including
newspaper, radio, TV, and digital outlets.
an RFA newsroom, you may host between one and five reporters for a year at a
time, covering stories and beats, important to your community and that would
otherwise go uncovered.