Sociology Prof. Op-Ed Calls on Journalists to Accept Criticism
Stephen Barnard, assistant professor of sociology, wrote an opinion article for RealClearPolitics, titled "It's Time for the Fourth Estate to Heed the Fifth. In it, he calls on journalists to accept and even answer to some of the criticism launched against them while also upholding their role in democratic society.
"There is no denying that it can be difficult to distinguish the legitimate, honest voices from the bots, trolls, and overly partisan hacks. But it is not impossible," Barnard wrote. He continued, "The news media could continue their efforts to increase transparency about their values and professional practices. Doing so would go a long way in rebuilding the trust Americans have lost in journalism."
Barnard is author of the Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).