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Mister Pulitzer and the SpiderModern News from Realism to the Digital$
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Kevin G. Barnhurst

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040184

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040184.001.0001

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Modernism Exposed the Flaws of News

Modernism Exposed the Flaws of News

(p.214) Chapter 20 Modernism Exposed the Flaws of News
Mister Pulitzer and the Spider

Kevin G. Barnhurst

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the flaws of modern news practice. Modern news practice aims to perfect the accuracy, reliability, and insight of reporting. Accuracy requires mature judgment about the facts. Reliability requires making those facts clear in the context of the past, present, and future. And insight requires conveying the story in ways that reveal what the facts mean. But news practice operates under conditions that place all three dimensions beyond its grasp. The chapter addresses the following questions: Can citizens expect the accurate performance that modern news pursues and that the machine apparently delivers? Can citizens expect the reliable news that modern practice aims to achieve and that its automation might deliver? Can citizens expect the insight that news practitioners want to supply and the machine might generate?

Keywords:   news practice, news reporting, modern news, accuracy, reliability, insight

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