I recently came up upon an interesting discussion of the current state of economic journalism carried out by some of our country’s most prominent economic journalists. The journalists participated in a panel discussion held at Dartmouth College titled "Beyond the Headlines" moderated by Andrew Samwick, an economist at Dartmouth who runs his own blog, called Vox Baby. The panel, which included reporters from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Fortune Magazine , discussed how economic issues are covered in the media. They also discussed the explosion of blogs and how that proliferation is impacting the traditional media. Convincing the public of TANSTAAFL was cited as a major challenge facing journalists who cover economics.
If you would like to share with the class some of the challenges that are encountered by journalists in covering economics in the media that would be a fine subject for a Discussion Board post. Click here or here to watch or listen to the discussion. The panel lasts about ninety minutes.