Summary Of Thomas Patterson's Informing The News: The Need For Knowledge Based Journalism?
Patterson eloquently describes the Internet as “at once a goldmine of solid content and a hellhole of misinformation.” With Patterson’s suggestions put into practice, can a seismic shift in journalism occur? I questions if readers and writers will suddenly reevaluate their acceptance of facts and truths. We have to remember that along with the societal need for constant updates advertisers still drive news cycles. Patterson reminds us, “citizens do not study the news, the follow it.” Journalists are constantly serving two controllers, their editors and their advertisers. The question in the end is where would knowledge journalist find home? Could the new generation of journalists the book speaks of join newsroom run by those shaped by current journalists? Or should they look to new forms and platforms? Patterson mentions, but barely covers, the economic forces shaping