What’s Next in Mass Media Democracy?
A new generation of mass media has emerged, with the promise of greater transparency, accountability, and access to citizens.
The American Conservatives, an organization that tracks the media and public debate, is asking: What’s the next step for the media?
Can it achieve the balance of public service between reporting and information-gathering necessary to inform citizens?
Can its journalists and editors become more responsive to the needs of the public, while still being able to provide meaningful and timely coverage?
Is there a way forward?
What should mass media be doing?
Mass media’s challenge lies in its own contradictions, but also in its ability to achieve its objectives and build the foundations of democracy.
The American Conservatives is a nonprofit organization, supported by grants from the Foundation for Excellence in Journalism, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Pulitzer Center, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for Democracy.
Its board of directors includes former National Security Council staffers, academics, and journalists, as well as several members of Congress.
The American Republicans was founded in 1997, and has served as a resource for news organizations, researchers, journalists, and others interested in the news and its relationship to democracy.
The organization focuses on a variety of topics, including democracy, public debate and journalism, mass media and the public interest, mass political engagement, and American media’s role in the international order.
For more information, visit americanconservative.org.