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Citizen-Centered Journalism (First Edition)
Paula Lynn Ellis, Paul S. Voakes, and Lori Bergen
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In the midst of the disruptions and distrust that have plagued traditional media in recent years, and a degree of polarization rarely seen in American history, a new style of journalism is emerging. Dozens of news organizations, from corporate powerhouses to home-office startups, are reviving a classic role of American journalism: inspiring and enabling Americans to do the difficult, authentic, and ultimately rewarding work of citizenship in a democratic society.

News for US: Citizen-Centered Journalism is the first-ever guide to this new approach—one that enriches the skill set of the 21st-century journalist with the mindset of civic engagement. Authors Paula Lynn Ellis, Paul S. Voakes, and Lori Bergen illuminate the principles of citizen-centered journalism and demonstrate how today’s journalists can apply them within the context of modern-day news and feature reporting. The text features engaging perspectives from leading innovators and experimenters in the field, who describe their challenges and offer guidance to readers.

Offering readers a blend of academic scholarship and case studies that highlight practical innovations, News for US provides readers with a comprehensive look at the emergence of citizen-centered journalism and the new journalistic mindset.

Paula Lynn Ellis (M.A., Northwestern University), a former senior media executive, foundation executive, and journalist has long been a leader in journalism innovation, transformative change, and community engagement. She worked for Knight Ridder for 26 years, as a reporter, editor, managing editor, publisher and corporate vice president for operations. In 2006, she became vice president for strategic initiatives at Knight Foundation, where she led transformative change efforts in journalism and communities, national grantmaking and evaluation. Ellis is a senior associate at the Kettering Foundation, trustee of the Poynter Institute, and a director of the National Conference on Citizenship.
Paul S. Voakes (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison) is a professor emeritus at the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. Voakes served on the faculty of the School of Journalism at Indiana University from 1994 to 2003, when he became dean of School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Colorado. He is a co-author of The American Journalist in the 21st Century: U.S. News People at the Dawn of a New Millennium and Working with Numbers and Statistics: A Handbook for Journalists. Before becoming an educator, Voakes was a newspaper journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.
Lori Bergen (Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington) is founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she holds the James E. de Castro Chair in Global Media Studies. As leader of CU Boulder’s first new college in more than 50 years, Bergen’s focus is on the interdisciplinary approach to media, communication and information education. Bergen came to Colorado from Marquette University, where she was dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and the William R. Burleigh and E.W. Scripps Professor. Bergen is co-author of Media Violence and Aggression: Science and Ideology.
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