Franklin Center - Government Intervention in Newspapers Will Cause Serious Harm

Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a national leading organization on nonprofit journalism, released the following statement concerning the Federal Trade Commission releasing a 47-page staff discussion draft purposed for “reinventing journalism.” The draft discussion entitled "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism," outlines major government intervention to help the struggling newspaper business.

“The recent decline in the newspaper business has left many wondering what will come of this struggling industry. However, expanded government influence on journalism would be disastrous to the reputation and credibility of journalists.

If government intervenes in the news industry, journalists no longer will be able to report credibly on stories that matter to the people, but ultimately only on what matters to officials. Journalists will ignore scandal and corruption for fear of losing government funds. They will become political flacks and write to appease government instead of investigating it.

In addition, throwing government funding into a traditional media is a blatant failure to recognize that newspapers are not the future of journalism. At best, throwing government subsidies at newspapers is only a short-term fix and that compromise to the news industry would do serious harm. The reanimation of journalism arises in new online nonprofit news ventures, not government intervention.”

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