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Mitchell Stephens

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159388

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159388.001.0001

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“Shimmering Intellectual Scoops”

“Shimmering Intellectual Scoops”

The Wisdom Journalist, the Journalism Organization, Their Audiences, and Our Politics

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Beyond News

Mitchell Stephens

Columbia University Press

This chapter calls for a wiser, more ambitious journalism and explains how it might be accomplished. It argues that we need to develop standards to help distinguish wisdom journalism from the shrill and predictable and discusses the consequences of a wiser journalism not only for journalism as a whole, but also for its audiences and our politics. It contends that we must have a change in mindset, together with changes in the way journalism is currently practiced; that the journalism business must consequently become an idea business; and that a considerable amount of new thinking, retraining, and new hiring is required if we are to move from news sites to journalism sites and if we are to achieve more “shimmering intellectual scoops” sites. The chapter also proposes five I's instead of the traditional five W's as guidelines for journalists: “informed,” “intelligent,” “interesting,” “insightful,” and “interpretive.” These five I's ask journalists to focus on more study, more intellection, more discernment, and more originality.

Keywords:   journalism, wisdom journalism, news, journalists, intellection, originality, audiences

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