Conclusion: A Place for the Professionals

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One of this project's contributors, Lew Friedland, a few years ago expressed pessimism for public journalism's future (Friedland, 2004). In a follow-up for this book he says his pessimism has only worsened (Part I Open Source interview). Another contributor, Joyce Nip, in a recent article described civic journalism as being in its "last days" (Nip, 2008). In fact, one of the editors of this volume has observed that professional journalism's own sociology of work and its self-definitions undermined any true deliberation about adopting public journalism (St. John, 2007). Those sound like pretty dire assessments. Has public journalism met its demise? Is a book discussing "public journalism 2.0" the equivalent of an argument for upgrading eight-track tape machines?


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Copyright © 2010 From Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press by Jack Rosenberry and Burton St. John III. Reproduced by permission of Taylor and Francis Group, LLC, a division of Informa plc.

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