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Realizing that the American public’s trust in media has declined sharply, New York magazine decided to investigate further and ask its own journalists and their colleagues at other media outlets what is wrong with journalism. The result is a list of critical, refreshingly honest and often negative comments on the media and the weak points of professional journalism. The original online article includes links to the full interviews, so the determined reader can get a fuller picture. getAbstract recommends this article to journalists and those interested in media professions, professionalism and journalistic integrity.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a cross-section of American journalists think of media and journalism today, and
  • What reasons they have to feel optimistic.

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New York magazine is a weekly publication that has been covering and discussing current issues and interests of New York City since 1968.



In the US, trust in the media is at an all-time low, according to a 2015 poll. People have always liked to criticize the media, but the Donald Trump presidential campaign has triggered a rise in journalistic self-accusations. And, social media have challenged the traditional media to reconsider whether they are really as “objective, rigorous” and “informative” as they purport to be. Facebook’s media takeover has unmasked a paradox at the heart of traditional media: Where the press aches to “be a public trust,” it is actually a “consumer good” – which is now more than ever prey to market forces.

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    Ashish Agarwal 2 years ago
    I think that the taboo topic of 'a free press versus a regulated press' merits a more open and deeper discussion in the current state of affairs across the globe. This could be a start but not even nearly enough.