Does journalism work?

Journalism without effect does not deserve the special place in democracy that it tries to claim.

But rather than the headlines reflecting the most important events, perhaps they should reflect the most pernicious misconceptions. Good journalists already have some sense of this, and every so often we learn of an alarming gap in public knowledge.

Jonathan Stray’s latest masterpiece. As he notes, journalism must be about improving the day-to-day functioning of a society.