Margaret Sullivan: We, the reality based press, cannot become the opposition party

On the last day of the GEN Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Margaret Sullivan, media columnist at the Washington Post, took to the stage to talk about the role of the public editor, the importance of watchdog journalism, and that journalists need to ‘hang in there’.

Freia Nahser
Jun 1, 2018 · 5 min read
Margaret Sullivan © Rainer Mirau for GEN

Do not be docile or keep your mouth shut

Transparency

Correct mistakes forthrightly

Context

Play watchdog

Fact checking

The role of the public editor

Standing up for yourself

Where’s the gatekeeper?

When do you become a political actor?

News and opinion

No more fake news

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is a community committed to sustainable journalism and media innovation. GEN runs different programmes: Editors Lab, Startups for News, and the Data Journalism Awards.

Freia Nahser

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News & innovation reporter @GENinnovate

Global Editors Network

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is a community committed to sustainable journalism and media innovation. GEN runs different programmes: Editors Lab, Startups for News, and the Data Journalism Awards.