CJR opens debatge on gov’t support for newspapers in US

The Columbia Journalism Review in an editorial is calling for creative thinking to find a way for gov’t to support newspapers (if  roads and sewers are critical social infrastructure, why aren’t newspapers.) The Kent Commission in 1980 in Canada put out a report advising the same. The Edmonton Sun’s response was typical of media hysteria over government involvement in media: they ran a blank editorial page with only the words “If government gets involved with newspapers,  this is all they’ll let you read.”

If we don’t get beyond the rational but outdated fear of government help for accountability journalism—if we just let the market sort it out—this vital public good will continue to decline.

Columbia Journalism Review, Nov/Dec 2009


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