Civic Journalism

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Civic or 'public' journalism refers to the integration of journalism and democracy; the intersection of reporting and deliberation. News and media outlets that employ civic journalism do not just report 'the facts'; rather, they write in a way that creates or facilitates public engagement, conversation, and debate. Civic journalism reports news in a way that encourages and facilitates public deliberation on political and social issues.

Problems and Purpose

The goal of civic journalism is to draw the audience into a discussion; to engage the public in a debate of the key political and social issues; and to give reporters and news readers the space to participate - rather than just observe - the democratic process. 



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Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction


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