“Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

“Supporting [D.C.] statehood would not be [fine] – that would be an expression of public advocacy on a matter we cover.”

— The Washington Post

Right now, at one of the largest and oldest legacy newsrooms in the U.S., you can say you believe in democracy, but you can’t publicly say you believe you should have representation in Congress.

Journalism and democracy are intertwined, but if you’ve watched the way legacy and cable news have covered rising authoritarianism and attacks on voting rights in the U.S., that may no longer seem evident.

As part of its participation in Democracy Day, The Objective committed to taking a critical look at how democracy and journalism co-exist in the U.S., including democratic practices and anti-democratic trends. You can read more about our commitment here or read on to see what we’ve been up to since.

Reclaiming Democracy

Q&A: Emily Ramshaw of The 19th*

A Democracy Day Q&A with Emily Ramshaw, the CEO and co-founder of The 19th*.

After pledging “accountability,” Reveal laid off all Black unionized staff 

Staffers of color say the investigative journalism nonprofit undervalues non-white reporters and is resistant to changing its ways.

After 2020, Black-led newsrooms ask: Where is the long-term support?

Many Black-led outlets — digital and legacy media alike — are still trying to figure out how to sustain their work.

Business Outsider? Strike publications offer a glimpse of worker-owned media

Amid a resurgence of union activism within digital media companies, striking workers at Business Insider and the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette are starting their own publications to showcase their value.

New youth-led climate protest group will ‘blockade’ White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Activists with the group Climate Defiance say national media is partly to blame for failing to prioritize climate coverage.

Q&A: Daniel Nichanian on the nuts and Bolts of local democracy coverage for a national audience

Daniel Nichanian, the founder and editor-in-chief of Bolts, on why he’s “making a bet” on building new audiences for state and local democracy reporting.

This initiative is graciously supported by

democracy fund logo
racial equity in journalism fund logo
indiegraf logo
center for cooperative media logo

With special thanks to

Democracy SOS (Hearken) & the Missouri School of Journalism

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