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Journalism for Navigating Uncertainty: The Diversity Principle

Innovation demands diversity, using our differences creatively. I was speaking with an African-American colleague about the news. Growing up in an economically disadvantaged part of Los Angeles, the stories never reflected his reality. So he never developed a news habit. His story points to a key aspect of diversity — diversity of voice. The Maynard […]

Journalism for Navigating Uncertainty: The Engagement Principle

Engagement increases respect, appreciation, and partnership between journalists and communities. In 1775, the American Revolution launched an experiment in engagement called “democracy”. That sparked a critical need for an informed public and ignited a mass literacy movement. Today’s technological wonders are generating a “media literacy” movement that is fueling a new level of engagement. Journalism […]

Journalism for Navigating Uncertainty: The Possibility Principle

Journalism can help us envision and move towards a world that works for all. Journalists have a unique role as storytellers, influencing the cultural narrative that weaves society together. Through my work in organizations, I know that when the stories people tell about the organization change, so does the culture.  The same holds true on […]

An Expanded Purpose for Journalism

What does a re-vitalized, economically viable journalism that meets the needs of communities and democracies look like?  Imagine a news organization that invites the public to become sources to “add context, depth, humanity, and relevance” to news stories.”  That’s what American Public media is doing through its Public Insight Network.  In Cleveland, Rita Andolsen left […]

What Do We Need from Journalism?

Given the pace of change today, we need journalism that helps us to navigate through uncertainty. If the purpose of journalism is to support us in making sense of our world, providing the news and information we need to be free and self-governing, what does that tell us about stories that help us find our […]