Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review
Kyle Pope is the voice of journalism. As Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, which serves as both an advocate and watchdog of the press, Pope sits atop the most prestigious perch in media in what is now the most precarious moment in its history. Read More >
The media story of Donald Trump is in many ways the story of a complete realignment of how people get their news. He has capitalized on it expertly, but it was well in motion before he came into the White House. We saw in 2016 what the filter bubbles created by this new age mean for how we consume information. But that was just the beginning, in the power that algorithms exert over our personal and political lives. The shifting of power from old media to new will dramatically change how you interact with media and how it shapes you. Whether you're a citizen, a business, a PR professional or a brand manager, the rules of engagement have entirely changed.
The press has created a lot of its own problems. But there is no doubt that the current anti-media environment reflects a much bigger shift, which is the near-complete dismissal of institutions and authority by the American people. Celebrities, business people, Congress, the local mayor: many of the country's establishment fixtures are now under assault. What we are living through is the breakdown of norms as much of the country has grown deeply disenchanted by a lack of economic progress and a number of new threats to their status. The press has been swept up in this shift, but it much more wide-ranging than that. What does this mean for you and your business, how far might it go, what's to be done?
Never before in the history of America has the very notion of a free press been questioned as it is today. Not only is the president attacking the media as a matter of policy and ideology, but many Americans are joining him in support of the idea that the American press no longer speaks to them. How did this happen? What is the press's role in causing these problems? And, most importantly, what can reporters and media companies do to restore the trust that they've lost?