media transparency

A lot is written about “transparency,” whether in the business world or news gathering.  It relates to the idea of “verification,” that if people can see the process taken to arrive at the result they will have more confidence in it.  In an excellent analysis of the concept in American Journalism Review, journalists need to distinguish between being open (good) and being self-absorbed (bad).

Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, believes the shift toward transparency has been driven by changing “expectations as much as anything else…. A lot of media criticism essentially is a demand for transparency and trying to get at not just the ‘who, what, when, where,’ but the why of journalism decision making.”

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One Response to “media transparency”

  1. fatemabasrai Says:

    Good class today!

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