What is it about?

'The Crisis Of The Institutional Press' goes some way to defining the myriad of problems challenging today's newsrooms and the plethora of attacks on journalism. This 'problem space' and its historical lack of boundaries, has essentially created challenges for resolving some of journalism's biggest issues. By breaking down the issues and looking at the differing attacks to the trade, Reese goes some way to helping create a narrative that may facilitate a multitude of solutions for a healthier press in future.

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Why is it important?

Changes to how we access journalism and a collapse of the advertising business model, amid the rise of platform dominance has huge ramifications for how important information is surfaced and how democracies function. The challenge for newsmakers is how to provide journalism's essential role to society while being financially viable and sustainable.


Reese's long-standing experience and research in this arena place him in the ideal position to define what has previously been a difficult-to-define space. Journalism's core magic is its ability to adapt to all scenarios, making it a challenge to give definitional boundaries to. However, defining the institution goes some way toward shaping how we can collectively start to ask what kinds of permissions and protections to afford journalism.

Dr Sherine P Conyers
University of Leeds

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This page is a summary of: The crisis of the institutional press, Stephen D. Reese (2021), Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, January 2021, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/ajms_00061_5.
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