5 Rules for Truth Seekers & Truth Consumers
Written by Matt Mrozinski
2017 might look bleak to your average journalist, but I believe differently.
This is an opportunity for a resurgence. It is time to lick your wounds, accept the mistakes, evaluate the criticism, stop pointing fingers and point the thumb.
At no point in recent history has this country needed journalism more.
One big question looms. How do we create a space where truth gets eyeballs? Not only that, how do we make it entertaining?
It is a complex answer that every media outlet is trying to solve and there are signs of great journalism ideas in action on all platforms and on all screens.
Do not forget the good ol’ fashion journalism that seems to be working fine. Remember how proud the New York Times and Washington Post made us feel during this election season.
In the same moment professionals want to share in the journalism excellence of the New York Times and Washington Post, we must each accept responsibility for our professional faults.
There is also a need to help the consumer identify their own imperfections and a responsibility for us to help educate them on how to navigate troubled waters. Help them discover legitimate journalism and what is masquerading as journalism. Make a clear distinction. Call it out.
Americans must understand, a democracy without good quality journalism is doomed and this is only going to work if they are properly engaged and informed. I see no shame in reminding us all how it works.
4. 📰 Eat your vegetables. Like your body, healthy Journalism ain’t free. While you are siphoning your parents HBO GO or Netflix, take the time/money to support good companies like NPR, NYT, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Muir, Holt, Pelley and good local journalism. You must support the good in the industry and not abandon us for the mistakes of a few.