Margaret Sullivan, the public editor for The New York Times, tackles the question of the newsroom's coverage of poverty. Is it enough? No, she concludes. What is there is impressively written and soundly researched, but given the extent of poverty, it does not measure up, she argues. While the Times allocates its resources in various directions to please its audience, she wonders what the impact of extensive coverage of poverty would be.
Stephen Pritchard, the readers' editor for The Observer, writes on the recent conference of news ombudsmen and their observations on the conditions of modern journalism. Among the concerns: the increased practice of surveillance and legal troubles for journalists in the U.S. as they attempt to protect sources. Among the bright spots: new ombudsmen roles in Argentina and India.
The Economist examines the developing role of citizen journalists and their authentic contribution to public awareness of issues and deeper understanding of them. The magazine notes the increased effort to verify content and the new tools emerging to help tell stories. In some instances, the amateurs are of immense help to the professionals, too.