Media Diversity and Better Newsgathering

Media diversity and news — or rather the poor state of it — are topics always worthy of assessment. I addressed these issues, as well as public media.

The following was a talk I gave in November 2014 to Houston Oasis. It’s centered on themes Upton Sinclair identified in The Brass Check, his 1919 expose of journalism. Sinclair wrote sharply against media whose purpose was to serve the interests of the elite. Sinclair also blasted journalists for inventing and sensationalizing stories and failing to serve the public interest.

There is a complex addendum or two here. Journalists are beleaguered by the amount of work they deal with. Newsroom diversity, especially class diversity, has been a longstanding problem. I ran out of time and had to rush the end, but this may be of interest: