News for the public good: What civic journalism proponents can learn from Karl Marx

Abstract

Pravac u američkom novinarstvu pod nazivom “javno novinarstvo”, “civilno novinarstvo” ili “kolektivističko novinarstvo” nastao je devedesetih godina kako bi dao veću važnost građanima i usmjeravao ih na to da postanu obrazovani učesnici u društvu – ne samo puki promatrači. Medijske organizacije cijeloga svijeta koje nastoje promicati ovaj tip novinarstva nalaze povijesno uporište i inspiraciju u ranim novinarskim uradcima Karla Marxa, u kojima je on pisao o važnosti novinstva, ljudskoj otuđenosti i socijalnim potrebama.Merritt (1995) said civic journalism “moves beyond only describing what is “going wrong” (in society) to also imagining what “going right” would be like. What would “going right” be for Marx? It would be awakening society to what is possible. A goal worth striving for, according to Marx, is a society in which everyone has the freedom to become a whole, or complete, person—a person who works at something in which he or she feels ownership, a person who lives comfortably, a person who uses both his or her mental and physical capabilities; therefore, there would be no more alienation due to what Marx considers capitalistic corruption. Merrill said that modern Marxist journalists want social harmony, cooperation, and group solidarity (1994, p. 100). Although Merrill does not connect this definition to civic journalists, it seems to fit

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