According to Howard Owens and something that I agree with
We don’t spend a lot of time talking about our profession’s history, even though history might teach us a good deal about today
primary theme is that journalism has evolved in response to changes in society.
It covers American history of the press and cites
The rise of McCarthysm, the Bay of Pigs and the start of the war in Vietnam were all events that helped create within society a greater sense that the U.S. government, now no longer easily accessible, was not always worthy of trust. For the first time, the press began to take on a watch dog role and investigative reporting was born.
I wonder whether this is indeed the case now though,Howard concludes by asking
society is apparently going through its largest upheaval, especially in terms of how it interacts with media, since at least the 1960s, if not the earliest parts of the 2oth Century.
If that’s the case, should today’s journalist react with “we should keep doing what we’ve always been doing” attitude, or figure out how journalism needs to change to meet new demands and new needs?