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Journalism should build bridges

Journalist and professor Jeff Jarvis on storytelling, explanations and a need to revisit definitions of journalism. Less focus on simplifying, more on interdisciplinary approaches, and building bridges:

“Journalism requires a different starting point: not getting and writing stories to fill a Gutenberg-era product called a publication, not convincing ourselves and our public that we can summarize and explain their world in the neat confines of text, not merely saying what happened today or will tomorrow. Instead, I want to imagine a journalism that begins with the problems we see and reaches across disciplines to seek solutions. (You might expect me to turn to technology but, no, I am looking to academic fields of study that have much to teach us about the society we serve.) Thus a reimagined journalism would not act as gatekeeper but as bridge.”

Read the article, a short simplifying quote doesn’t convey the full meaning.