REPORTS & MONOGRAPHS
Journalists in Central and Eastern Europe are struggling to hold on to the gains they made in the first two decades after communism. Now the momentum is going the other way as more autocratic leaders find ways to manage or discredit the independent news media.
1995 critique of today’s journalism and its forward-looking analysis of journalism on the Internet won the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism from Penn State University. It describes in detail, with case studies and other references, what is wrong with today’s American journalism and what might be done to improve it.
When the Communist barricades collapsed in 1989, hundreds of Americans rushed to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics to spread the gospel of democracy. Among them were some of America’s most altruistic journalists, who hoped to midwife a newly independent press. Since then, the U.S. government and private agencies have spent more than $600 million on media development.