Whose crisis … Journalism is not just for journalists and policy is not just for wonks

January 30, 2012 in Policy

I find “crisis” is a big, overused word. I think it’s the right word though to use to talk about the point of the Journalism Strategies conference, “Deliberation, Diversity, and Dollars: Public Strategies for Journalism in the Canadian Media Ecology.” I can hear my friend Michel saying dryly at this point (while looking over the rim of his pint), “Define crisis.” In everyday language a “crisis” tends to be an enormous problem that’s arrived and needs to be dealt with immediately. As in the “economic crisis” or the “crisis in journalism” – two crises that have been closely linked in the past few years. To me this suggests an element of accident: the problem has dropped on us, out of nowhere [...]