Multimedia Essay - Journalism in 2016

Journalism and Empathy

Public discourse in the past decade has been shaken by the advent of social media as a place for people to share their thoughts and feelings, from family photos to their opinions on the news.

But what impact has this had on the media, and on journalism in particular? Is the old “objective search for the truth” wearing thin on desensitised readers who are so used to reading about tragedy after tragedy online?

Alana Christensen and Max Stainkamph look into empathy and emotion in journalism for City Journal, and if journalists need to “feel something” and take a more emotive stance in their reporting.

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