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Saving Journalism 2: Global Strategies and a Look at Investigative Journalism

by Dr. Anya Schiffrin, Hannah Clifford, Theodora Dame Adjin-Tettey
A year ago we published a study titled "Saving journalism" by Anya Schiffrin, director and senior lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, which examined the state of journalism during the pandemic. Now we are revisiting the topic to look at worldwide trends and to find out what strategies show promise in turning around the decline of media outlets and the loss of journalism jobs. Despite all challenges to the news media, investigative journalism provided some blockbuster reports that drew worldwide attention during the past year.

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The authors re-examine the steps documented in the first report and write in the executive summary: "The appetite for sweeping change and broad support for quality information we described then has grown. Many of the organizations we spoke to last year are close to making major announcements and all feel they made headway in 2020. In the absence of research and hard evidence as to what works best (not unique to journalism—some things are essentially unknowable) we’re seeing pragmatism, with different groups backing policies that seem politically feasible."
Anya Schiffrin and her co-authors are looking to find answers to the question: "if there were agreement and a concerted push, would it make a difference given the political constraints that exist around the world?"

The views, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this report are solely those of its authors and do not reflect the views of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, or its employees.

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January 11, 2021
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