Len Downie Co-Leading New Effort on 'Reconstruction' of Journalism

By: Joe Strupp A new report calling for a "reconstruction" of American journalism that would include new non-profit approaches, open access to information and increased foundation funding for news is set to be released Tuesday by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Michael Schudson, a journalism professor at Columbia University.

Downie and Schudson offered a preview of their approach in a column Monday in the Post that declares: "American society must now take some collective responsibility for supporting news reporting -- as society has, at much greater expense, for public education, health care, scientific advancement and cultural preservation, through varying combinations of philanthropy, subsidy and government policy. It may not be essential to save or promote any particular news medium, including print newspapers. What is paramount is preserving independent, original, credible reporting, whether or not it is profitable, and regardless of the medium in which it appears."

The report is being released through the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The entire Downie and Schudson column is here.


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