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Schudson: Society must take responsibility for journalism’s future

Journalism historian Michael Schudson says government, philanthropy, public radio, nonprofits and universities all should have a role in advancing the future of journalism.

Schudson, who recently co-authored The Reconstruction of American Journalism for Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, adds:

We need a mixed model of funding streams and we need society to take a kind of common responsibility for providing news to the democratic republic.

Until recently, he says, journalism “on the whole it has not been that great and I think there is a lot of work to be done.”

Read the whole transcript and see the entire video interview with Leonard Witt at the Center for Sustainable Journalism. This is the third in a 12-part series of interviews, Witt has conducted with top thinkers in the journalism change arena.

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