Journal article

Understanding the civic impact of journalism: A realistic evaluation perspective

M Simons, R Tiffen, D HENDRIE, A Carson, H Sullivan, D Muller, B McNair

Journalism Studies | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2017

Abstract

The importance of journalism to civil society is constantly proclaimed, but empirical evidence on journalism's impact, and how this operates, is surprisingly thin. Indeed, there is confusion even about what is meant by the term “impact”. Meanwhile, the issue of the role of journalism is becoming increasingly urgent as a consequence of the rapid changes engulfing the news media, brought about by technological change and the flow-on effect to the traditional advertising-supported business model. Assessing the impact of journalism has recently been the topic of debate among practitioners and scholars particularly in the United States, where philanthropists have responded to the perceived crisis..

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