Larry Dailey, a media educator writing for the PBS MediaShift site, wonders if traditional news organizations really can innovate. He wonders: Are they simply trying to keep up? Daley notes that innovation comes at a significant cost in terms of what must be shed and acquired. Rather than point the finger, organizations might be well to recognize they are their own worst enemies.
We need partisan journalism, Jack Shafer writes. His Reuters blog identifies the recent history of well-argued (but clearly argumentative) journalism that moved institutions and public opinion, and he says we have lost too much of that. He doesn't include the politically partisan columnists, nor those who cherry-pick arguments and distort reality. Rather, he says, we would be lost without partisans.
Brenda Nyhan, writing for Columbia Journalism Review, decries the false balance of some of the reporting on Jenny McCarthy's addition to the cast of television's The View. McCarthy believes a vaccine was linked to her child's autism. Some reporting either minimized this view or countered the science with the view. Nyhan says this version of "he said, she said" reporting doesn't work.