What I think I know about journalism. It comes down to these four ideas.
1. The more people who participate in the press the stronger it will be.
2. The profession of journalism went awry when it began to adopt the View from Nowhere.
3. The news system will improve when it is made more useful to people.
4. Making facts public does not a public make; information alone will not inform us.
I have a secret.
This totally embarrassing secret will probably make many progressive intellectuals, activists and organizers scoff at me. But I’m revealing my hidden joy/shame (#popculturesecret) because I want to make a point about how we as the progressive movement communicate, relate and identify with people.
Or rather—how we do not.
An idea for a news org… The weekend before an election publish a copy of the local ballot on your website, exactly as it will look in the voting booth. And for every race link the candidates’ names to all the articles and reporting you have done (even better, link to your competitors’ coverage too).
This is an intuitive and helpful way to organize your past coverage, make it accessible, and help prep people for the upcoming election. And, it’ll also highlight those races which have been under reported.
What began as a public relations predicament for America’s technology companies has evolved into a moral and business crisis that threatens the foundation of their businesses, which rests on consumers and companies trusting them with their digital lives.