Text of Columbia report on MSM breakdown
Writing off the capacity of the traditional media to continue ably covering the news, a report commissioned by the journalism school at Columbia University calls upon the feds, foundations and journalism faculties to take up the slack.
In the 98-page report commissioned by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Len Downie, the editor emeritus of the Washington Post, and Professor Michael Schudson trace the decline and fall of the mainstream media, concluding:
“The days of a kind of news media paternalism or patronage that produced journalism in the public interest, whether or not it contributed to the bottom line, are largely gone. American society must now take some collective responsibility for supporting independent news reporting in this new environment….”
The report was scheduled for release at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Because the embargo was widely broken this morning by the New York Times, Washington Post and others, I am publishing the text below:
Reconstruction of Journalism