Printed in October 2022
Fast, identify 5 issues that academia and journalism have in frequent.
My checklist would come with the next:
- Present process a painful, unnerving and infrequently thrilling industrywide transition from analog to digital.
- Very important components of a functioning democratic system which are underneath assault by antidemocratic forces.
- Actual worries concerning the long-term monetary viability of our industries as at present constructed.
- Populated by mission-driven and values-based individuals who entered the career as one thing of a calling.
- Navigating a difficult new actuality of huge tech competitors, partnership and management.
These commonalities between academia and journalism, universities and print/digital publications, present all of the motivation required to advocate Newsroom Confidential to our Inside Greater Ed neighborhood.
Studying concerning the internal workings and exterior struggles of The New York Instances (in addition to The Washington Put up and The Buffalo Information) is useful in making sense of the challenges we face inside our schools and universities.
Newsroom Confidential (a horrible title, by the best way—as it’s nicely previous time to maneuver past Anthony Bourdain–impressed publishing knockoffs) illuminates the tradition, construction and economics of the newsroom enterprise from the vantage level of a single lengthy profession in journalism. Margaret Sullivan is finest often called the general public editor of The New York Instances from 2012 to 2015 and as a Washington Put up columnist to her retirement from the paper in 2022.
Newsroom Confidential is an element profession memoir, and I think will probably be a type of must-read books for anybody interested by a profession in journalism. (A profession path that, whereas acknowledging the legitimate worries that selecting a journalism profession is probably not the most effective monetary transfer given the underlying financial fundamentals of the business, Sullivan nonetheless sees as a compelling possibility for essentially the most devoted and curious, and protracted.)
In academia, we speak about those that have “come up the onerous manner,” that means college leaders who efficiently navigated the tenure monitor earlier than transitioning into college management roles. In journalism, Sullivan got here up the onerous manner, spending many years as a reporter, editor and newsroom chief at The Buffalo Information earlier than ascending to her perches on the NYT and the Put up. A commonality that could be listed between academia and journalism is our shared histories of structural sexism, a actuality that Sullivan describes in her profession development towards the heights of her career.
The opposite thread that runs via Newsroom Confidential is Sullivan’s arguments across the relationship between journalism and democracy. She places a lot of the blame for the election of Trump and the Jan. 6 riot on the failure of mainstream information to precisely report on the hazards of the far proper to fundamental democratic norms and values. Newsroom Confidential may be learn as one thing a journalistic companion piece to What Universities Owe Democracy.
Sullivan could have some issues to say concerning the parallels between journalism and academia, as in August, she was appointed the 2023 Egan Visiting Professor at Duke.
Right here’s to hoping that Margaret Sullivan transitions her eager eye, analytical rigor and fast wit for analyzing the achievements and shortcomings of journalism to her new house in academia.
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