Read the full story in the Columbia Journalism Review.
For some journalists, covering activism presents an uncomfortable dilemma. Too much coverage might come across as cheerleading or make journalists look like they are activists themselves, contradicting institutional notions of neutrality. A reporter’s job is to cover the news, the argument goes, not boost one side or the other.
Fair enough. But activists are newsmakers—just like the politicians, scientists, and corporate officials we cover all the time.