The Worcester Sun’s print debut represents a very modest chapter in the history of American newspapers, and one for which we can be very thankful, for if there’s anything that journalism in America today needs, it’s more modesty.
The Sun’s move to print got me wondering about the state of journalism in America, so I turned to the Columbia Journalism Review, whose fall “Trump issue” carries the one-word title, “Takeover,” with a sub-heading “The year that changed journalism.”
Editor Kyle Pope proclaims that Donald Trump “… doesn’t seem to accept the central role of a free press in a democratic society. That’s never happened in the United States before.”
On the bright side, Pope continues, Trump’s election has forced journalists to grapple with enormously difficult issues, including the appropriateness of discussing the president’s mental health and how journalists should cover race.
“Someday,” Pope concludes, “when history looks back on The Year That Changed Journalism, we’ll all have the great good fortune to say, ‘I was there.’ ”