“If in doing the serious work of journalism–digging, reporting, verification, mastering a beat–you develop a view, expressing that view does not diminish your authority. It may even add to it. The View from Nowhere doesn’t know from this. It also encourages journalists to develop bad habits. Like: criticism from both sides is a sign that you’re doing something right, when you could be doing everything wrong.” — Jay Rosen
For a while now, NYU professor and media critic Jay Rosen has been using the term “the view from nowhere” to describe one of the things he sees as wrong with journalism. In a blog post today, he explains where this term comes from, how it’s related to journalistic objectivity and why having a point of view doesn’t diminish a journalist’s authority. Read the full post here.