Are journalists allowing themselves to be the instruments of other people’s policy advocacy?
A new American Press Institute study surveyed both journalists and funders to get a sense of their respective expectations. This week on The Pub, host Adam Ragusea talks with API’s Tom Rosenstiel about the study and its implications for how newsrooms should relate to their benefactors.
Also on the show, NPR’s Jim Zarroli rejects the label of “he said, she said” journalism applied to his work on last week’s episode by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen; and the one thing that men — yes, men — should never do at a Q&A session.
New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen is hardly the only critic alleging timidity and false balance on the part of public media journalists. But his most cutting criticism is a much simpler allegation: lazy reporting.
Rosen was the main attraction at a live recording of The Pub on host Adam Ragusea's home turf — Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, which he visited this week.
Also on this week’s episode, Adam argues that the podcasting industry is becoming dangerously concentrated in New York.
On The Pub this week, we ask three smart station leaders: What’s the point of local TV stations when viewers can — and increasingly do — watch national programming online? Also on the show, a war of essays about the future of public radio vis-à-vis podcasting prompts veteran public radio host and humorist John Moe to enter the fray. Hear him perform his satirical essay “Public Radio Story Private Pods: Now, Forever, and Yesterday.”
Get this, there’s a thing called the “Radio Scholarly Interest Group” — a bunch of academics from around the world who study radio. They invited host Adam Ragusea to talk to them at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta.
Adam's talk was about how podcasting is changing public radio. He goes through the numbers (people still aren’t listening to podcasts that much), the creative and economic opportunities, the NPR-station politics, and the two crises that he sees podcasting bringing about in public radio: a mission crisis and a crisis of localism.
That talk, plus the extensive and enlightening Q&A afterward, is this week’s Pub!