Much still right with journalism, says Roberta Baskin

October 25, 2005

October 25, 2005 — Roberta Baskin visited the Shorenstein Center to lead a discussion entitled “What’s Right with Journalism.”

A former chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News program 48 Hours, Baskin is now executive director at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts investigative research and reports on public policy issues in the U.S. and abroad.

According to Baskin, it is both the best of times and the worst of times for the mainstream media. While many view the industry through a myopic lens, focusing only on the perils, Baskin endeavored to dissuade such tendencies.

While a recent Knight-Ridder survey reported that one-third of high school students believe the First Amendment goes too far, she said, the Internet’s ability to provide instant access to information has revolutionized news gathering.