Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols in “The Death and Life of American Journalism” argue correctly that the old models for delivering the news are dead. They see the government as the savior of last resort. The authors cite the massive postal and printing subsidies that lasted into the 19th century as a precedent for government intervention. And they propose building a new generation of journalists and publications from new government subsidies and from programs such as their suggested News AmeriCorps, which would train the next generation of journalists.
Media scholar and author, Robert W. McChesney, and editor and author, John Nichols, talk about their latest book, The Death And Life Of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin The World Again.