Nieman Reports

Fall 1998

Serving the Poor

Cover for Fall 1998

“I think a strong argument can be made that the residents of [poorer] areas are severely disadvantaged—as citizens, as workers, as consumers—by the lack of serious coverage from television and the lack of local coverage of their neighborhoods by newspapers,” said Maxwell King former Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The reason, of course, is that the media, regardless of their claims of serving all the people, aim for the affluent, the audience that advertisers seek. It would seem, then, that if newspapers want to expand readership they would be worried about the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

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Serving the Poor

Fall 1998: Serving the Poor Introduction

By Serving the Poor September 15, 1998

“I think a strong argument can be made that the residents of [poorer] areas are severely disadvantaged—as citizens, as workers, as consumers—by the lack of serious coverage from television and the lack of local coverage of their neighborhoods by newspapers,” said Maxwell King former Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The reason, of course, is that the media, regardless of their claims of serving all the people, aim for the affluent, the audience that advertisers seek. It would seem, then, that if newspapers want to expand readership they would be worried about the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Read more

First Amendment

Watchdog Journalism

In Britain, Rottweilers Attack

By Watchdog Journalism September 15, 1998

The timing could not have been better. Several days after I was asked, as a Nieman Fellow, to write an article on the apparent lack of civility by British journalists, the Local Government Minister, Hilary Armstrong, reacted furiously while being … Read more

1. National Security

Watchdog Journalism September 15, 1998

The National Security panel was chaired by Daniel Schorr, who began the discussion. Discussion Who’s Who Berkes, Howard—Correspondent based in Salt Lake City for National Public Radio. Frankel, Max—Former Executive Editor, New York Times, now columnist for Times Sunday … Read more

2. State and Local Government

Watchdog Journalism September 15, 1998

Joyce Purnick, the panel chair, led the discussion. Discussion Who’s Who Bauer, Charlotte—Assistant to Editor, Sunday Times, Johannesburg. Berkes, Howard—Correspondent based in Salt Lake City, National Public Radio. Berliner, Uri—Staff Writer, San Diego Union Tribune. Bradlee, Benjamin Jr.—Assistant Managing … Read more

3. Economics

Watchdog Journalism September 15, 1998

Richard Parker, the panel chair, began the discussion: Discussion Who’s Who Burnham, David—Co-director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data-gathering organization. Kovach, Bill—Nieman Foundation Curator. Mintz, Morton—former reporter, Washington Post. Parker, Richard—Senior Fellow, Shorenstein Center on Press, … Read more

4. Nonprofit Organizations

Watchdog Journalism September 15, 1998

George Rodrigue, the panel chair, began the discussion. Discussion Who’s Who Crewdson, John—Investigative National Correspondent, Chicago Tribune. Delaney, Paul—Former Assistant National Editor, New York Times, now involved in planning “Our World,” a newspaper with a black perspective. Grimes, Charlotte—Shorenstein … Read more

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Robert H. Phelps
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Molly Marsh
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Deborah Smiley
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Susan Goldstein
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