Inspired by the intense reader interest in our “How to fix America” segment, we decided to shift the conversation closer to our own backyard for “How to fix journalism,” the next installment of the series. To date, much of the discussion regarding the ailing news media has been framed as one of polar choices — print versus pixels, reporter versus blogger, free versus paid — with the occasional digression into a blowout pissing contest (we’re looking at you Bill Keller and Arianna Huffington) that many have understandably written off as occupational narcissism run amok. Yet, despite being fraught with the risk of enabling journalists to navel gaze endlessly, a conversation about the future of news seems like a particularly timely one in light of the extraordinary events that have unfolded from the streets of Egypt to the shores of Japan in recent weeks — all of which have underscored the need for a strong and vital global fourth estate.
Over the coming days, we will be talking to publishers, editors and entrepreneurs about the myriad challenges facing the industry and focus on solutions that can point the way to a revitalized, sustainable model for journalism in the 21st century.
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