NEW BUSINESS MODELS DON’T CHANGE VALUES OF JOURNALISTS
For as long as I have been a journalist — 40 years — I have listened to criticism about journalism just about anywhere I go. Inevitably, critics would hurl what they regarded as the ultimate charge against the work I have been so passionate about: “Well, you just want to sell papers!”
No, no, no, I would then tell them. Newsroom journalists don’t really think about selling papers. That is not the motivation of journalists. Rather, we obsess about how many readers will pay attention to our work, the impact of our stories and making a difference — getting action that matters — through our reporting and commentary. We long told those critics that selling papers was the business of the circulation departments.
But no one can deny that journalists and news organizations operate in a new era now. And while the mission of journalism matters more than ever to journalists and citizens, it is becoming increasingly clear that journalists no longer have the luxury of ignoring the facts about
The Toronto Star remains dedicated to quality journalism, but understands the changing news landscape means it’s more of a business than ever, public editor Kathy English writes.