Tag: democracy

by Megan Fromm

Like many journalism educators, I spend a significant amount of time in my classes drawing what I hope is an unimpeachable link between journalism at its finest and democracy at its purest. I quote James Madison (in faux Colonial voice, no less), we read Cato’s letters, and my students learn what “watchdog” and the “Fourth […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

This an opinion post by correspondent Stephen Ward. Transparency, according to optimistic accounts, is the answer to bad government and wrongdoing by corporations and news media. Let the “sunshine” of transparency enter the public domain and watch these evil forces retreat. Transparency — monitoring how agencies operate — goes back to the trumpeting of “publicity” […] more »

by Roland Legrand

In recent weeks we at De Tijd, a Belgian newspaper, have been experimenting with chat sessions where members of the Belgian government are brought in to discuss politics with our community. I’m very enthusiastic about this because I feel that our newspaper has enabled its community to have a direct, high-quality conversation with policy makers. […] more »