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Public Journalism/Civic Journalism
Public journalism/civic journalism

Public or civic journalism emerged in America following the 1988 Presidential elections which, for many journalists (Davis Merritt, Wichita Eagle, Cole Campbell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Jack Swift of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer) and journalism scholars (notably New York University professor Jay Rosen), marked a nadir in political campaigning and political reporting, which illustrated the need for a new style of journalism which might reverse the growing trend towards citizens' disengagement from the democratic process. Subsequently, public journalism has become highly contested both as a theory and a practice informing news gathering and reporting in American newsrooms (Campbell, 2000; Davis, 2000; Glasser, 2000; Rosen, 2000).

Public journalism argues that journalists have a responsibility to promote civic commitment and citizen participation in democratic processes; ...

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