• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There is 1 comment on COM’s Power of Narrative Conference Draws Major Media Names

  1. Whether you celebrate it or lament it, journalism as a function to create an informed citizenry, hold truth to power without fear or favor, and as a vehicle for its practitioners to embark on a stable and adventurous career is stone cold dead. I doubt McGrory, Baron, or Baquet would disagree. There’s a good reason why COM has become a refuge for Globies and other journalists, young and old, who are fleeing a dying industry.

    Subscription service profit models give readers tremendous agency over content. This is where “narrative” is of some use to journalists who are compelled to supply affirmation angles that their ideologically siloed audiences demand. My friend, Prof. Zuckoff, concedes this in his quote. He’s an honest man.

    Some questions to ask these major media names: Does narrative journalism combat or amplify mis-/disinformation? Is it good for democracy? Would any featured speaker, most especially the dean and department chair, encourage their own children to enroll in a journalism degree program at COM or elsewhere?

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