Journalists need a point of view if they want to stay relevant

“If extreme polarization is now an enduring feature of American politics — not just a bug — how does that change the game for journalists?” writes Jay Rosen in a foundation essay for The Conversation. To stay relevant and avoid accusations of bias in today’s age, Rosen says the honest approach is to declare a point of view and curtail attacks. “Intellectual honesty is a more reliable basis for trust than a ritualized objectivity.”

+ Jeff Jarvis on building trust in the news: In addition to the Trust Project, co-led by Google’s head of news Richard Gingras: “Google can lead as a corporation, promulgating open standards that support better behavior and greater trust”; a round-up of debate from Columbia University’s Emily Bell and others related to the piece and Jarvis’ suggestions (Storify)

+ On ebola reporting: “In many cases, it is the role of the journalist to point the public’s attention to things they should be afraid of,” writes Roy Peter Clark, “But there is another. . .take corrosive fear, the kind that leads to prejudice and hate, and apply the disinfecting light of cool reason and reliable information” (Poynter)