What the heck does the public want from journalism?

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How can the news media attract an audience that’s skeptical of journalism’s most deeply ingrained principles? Well, consider two different treatments of the same story.

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2 thoughts on “What the heck does the public want from journalism?

  1. Isn’t the primary issue that the parks director engaged in wrongdoing? Both treatments quoted seem to me to assume that that wrongdoing is not enough to make the story significant. From there, the next step seems to have been to choose a secondary aspect of the action that is thought to have such significance. If both of these aspects had been presented, and presented as subordinate to the wrongful action, would more readers be happier with the same version of the story? Or do most readers prefer one of the two approaches in the examples? If the story needs more than a primary focus on the wrongdoing, then I realize that I am not adding anything helpful to the discussion, but what struck me was that both treatments seemed to reach beyond the crux of the matter in their focus, and I wondered if that alienated readers and was necessary.

  2. MagellanNH

    Really loved the article. I’ve followed Haidt’s work for a while and it’s been helpful to me in understanding the left-right divide, among other things. Haidt is all over youtube and imo he’s great at explaining this stuff in a very understandable way.

    I haven’t seen his work applied to journalism before, but it’s an interesting idea. Not an end-all be-all, but just one more lens that can maybe improve how journalists convey information.

    In some ways, the care versus harm, fairness versus cheating, loyalty versus betrayal, authority versus subversion and purity versus degradation stuff reminds me of Meyers-Briggs (which I know has issues). The key for me with applying lenses like this one is to look for ways to improve my understanding of other people. This can help me get out of my own bubble and stop saying “this is obviously what’s right, why doesn’t everyone else see it this way too?”

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