Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Welcome to McCormick Media Matters

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

McCormick Media Matters enters the crowded and sometimes chaotic world of blogging with the simple intent of providing pertinent information and useful links to a community dedicated to quality journalism.

While our postings will confront the daunting threats and economic woes facing journalism, we also will highlight the good work and creative innovation sometimes overlooked in these troubled times of doom and gloom.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation remains a big believer in the virtues of a free press and a news media independent of government control. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation’s Journalism Program has invested $73 million in journalism education, leadership, diversity efforts and free speech initiatives. This year, we are investing millions more, including a significant commitment to youth journalism.

This steady, unyielding support reflects Robert R. McCormick’s unwavering faith in the news media’s role in building a strong, vital democracy. For major metropolitan newspapers and others in the mainstream media, that faith has been shaken in recent years by a steady stream of business setbacks. At the same time, more nimble and tightly-focused competitors have done a better job of harnessing technology.

And yet some of the best journalism ever produced is of recent vintage. Exposés on the BALCO steroids scandal, heavy-handed government spying programs, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and executive compensation abuses are just a few of the recent gems.

This blog is intended to provide insight, analysis and updates about the work of our grantees and others at the forefront of continuous quality improvement in journalism. We invite you to join us as we pursue our joint interests. In reality, the success of this virtual community will depend on the strength of your ideas, input, opinions and recommendations. Welcome to the world of McCormick Media Matters.

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