2020 Volume 70 Issue 8 Pages 70-77
The third and last instalment of the interview series with practitioners and thinkers of Engaged Journalism features Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director of American Press Institute, a media thinktank in Washington D.C. Mr. Rosenstiel is an author, journalist, media critic, and media researcher, known as a prominent thinker on the future of news. He co–authored “The Elements of Journalism” with Bill Kovac, an essential reading for journalism professionals and students. He was also the founder and director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center. In this interview, Mr. Rosenstiel discusses his thoughts on how newsrooms and journalists need to transform their cultures and practices to continue to fulfill their roles in this era of digital disruption, where news media are no longer the gatekeepers to information the public consume. He highlights a critical need for creating additional values in news, by learning to listen to people's interests, needs, and concerns. He draws on his past research to indicate diverse ways of listening, for newsrooms to reimagine and reorganize their news coverage, and for journalists to broaden their lens in their reporting. Mr. Rosenstiel says engagement is a culture shift in the newsroom where there is mutual learning through continued conversations between the journalists and the public.