This year, I have had several discussions with publishing groups about the trends that impact journalism. I have talked about defining what people pay for, how news fatigue undermines that, how people's reading habits have changed, and more. With most of these trends, one underlying message is that news needs to be more focused on the individual, be more useful, and less negative.
But whenever I talk about this, there are always three questions that come up (or variations thereof). These are:
These are all exceptionally good questions, so let's talk about this. In fact, let me seriously challenge the way you think about journalism.
Everyone knows that if you go to a newspaper, the front page will overwhelmingly be filled with news about all the bad things in the world. In fact, this focus has become synonymous with journalism itself.
And there are two ways we think about this. One way is that we publish these bad stories to expose them to the public and to hold someone to account for it. The other way is to inform the public.
Let's talk about the first one, exposing bad things to hold those in power to account.
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