Did you know that times are tough for journalists? Fear not, though, for, as The New York Times reported yesterday, the Journalism School has issued a rallying cry to save struggling newspapers across the country.
In the J-School commissioned report, “The Reconstruction of American Journalism,” Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post (and no relation to Bwog editor James Downie), and Michael Schudson, a professor at the J-School, argue that since current advertising models fail to support “so-called accountability journalism,” drastic new steps should be taken. Their six recommendations not only include involving philathropists, nonprofits, and universities in news gathering, but also getting the government to support the business, particularly local news. And to think people already call Obama a socialist.