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Tuesday, March 06, 2007
More reporters embrace an advocacy role - "The 'social journalism' that made Oprah Winfrey an international fairy godmother is the new rage in network and cable news, and it's expanding to other media. Increasingly, journalists and talk-show hosts want to 'own' a niche issue or problem, find ways to solve it and be associated with making this world a better place, as Winfrey has done with obesity, literacy and, most recently, education by founding a girls school in South Africa. Experts say the competitive landscape, the need to be different and to keep eyeballs returning, is driving this trend, along with a genuine desire from some anchors and reporters to do good."
posted by Jack Mercer @ 3/06/2007 11:39:00 AM  
  • At 3/06/2007 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Just how on earth does one go about becoming an "expert" in discerning other people's motivation for "doing good"?

  • At 3/06/2007 09:27:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Helen!

    I was asking myself the same question! I think it is a generational thing--Not long ago there was a report about the rise in narcissism in college students--I am wondering if this is a syndrome that is prevelent in our society that everyone thinks they have the ability to save to world from itself.

    Puzzling to say the least.


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