This weekend, TheNation.com launched an 8-week series of interviews with journalists and media insiders on the future of journalism. Focus: What will the media look like in 5, 10, or 15 years? Can investigative journalism survive? The Nation's John Nichols leads off, followed by Nick Penniman (Huffington Post Investigative Fund), Ana Marie Cox (Air America and MSNBC), Dan Rather, Jane Mayer, Mark Luckie (10000words.net) and Victor Navasky.
Nichols speaks about the disconnect between old media models and a nonfunctional new media model for producing journalism. He evokes history in noting that when our country was founded media was heavily subsidized by the government and proposes this as a model to strive for. Nichols is the co-author of Saving Journalism: The Soul of Democracy (New Press), which will be published this fall.
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