Cory Myers, news director of Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, the new brand of that Gannett Co. newspaper, said easy access to social media is one problem. Myers said "the credibility of journalism has been hurt by 'the ability of anyone to write content, take and manipulate photos'."
Cara Hetland, radio news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, said 24-hour news hurts the credibility of mainstream media outlets, while cutbacks have led to fewer journalists writing stories, making journalists lazy, Hess reports.
Teri Finneman, assistant professor of journalism at South Dakota State University, said one of the best ways to regain credibility is to hold more discussions like the one Monday. Finneman said allowing "citizens to see how a newsroom operates can help put a face on journalists and explain how they work."
More than 80 people attended Monday's event. Similar events around the country have attracted similar or larger audiences. If you need help putting together such an event, contact Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog.