Defining and Measuring the Quality of Journalism


April 28th, 2015

The implications of the digital age for the quality of information generally, and journalism in particular, has been a major issue for the study of communication technology, policy and regulation. The Quello Center has been interested in this issue, and one of its Associate Directors, Professor Steve Lacy, has co-authored a paper with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute, entitled ‘Defining and Measuring Quality Journalism‘. If you are looking for appropriate metrics for capturing the quality of journalism, such as measures of diversity, depth, richness, length, and more, this is a must read – if not the place to start.

Steve Lacy at Quello Center

Steve Lacy at Quello Center

We encourage you to read this paper and email us or comment here on any aspect of this review of an incredibly important topic. The research was supported by the Democracy Fund and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

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One thought on “Defining and Measuring the Quality of Journalism”

  1. William Dutton says:

    I see this work of direct relevance to the Fifth Estate project, and will think about how these indicators might be applied across the blogosphere and generally, beyond the news defined by the major papers.

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