Journalism is a vital profession for a functioning democracy. We need hundreds of reporters digging into complex issues and stories to find the truth and share it with our citizens and sometimes to act as both a spur and a check on government and industry leaders. We should view journalism as a public good and support it in a way that ensures strong independent viewpoints that can speak truth to power.
Problems to be Solved
- Local news organizations are losing the ability to fund robust reporting.
- Stories are increasingly subject to market incentives that reward sensationalism and discourage thoughtful investigation.
- Mistrust of media is at an all-time high, making it very difficult to form a consensus on solutions or common goals.
As President, I will…
- Invest in a National Journalism Fellows program that will select and invest in journalists in and from every state in the Union. Each State would have as many Fellows as Congresspeople (3 for Wyoming, North Dakota, and Alaska all the way up to 55 for California). They would each be funded by a 4-year grant of $400,000 and stationed at a local news organization.
- Fellows would be nominated by an industry body and selected by a nonpartisan commission. ¼ of the 535 Fellows would be nominated and selected each year for a 4-year term. Their Fellowship would be contingent on their reporting from a given district and state but immune from any other influence.