Columbia J School Digital Journalism Director Calls on Journos To Treat Trump As ‘Media Organization’


Emily Bell is the Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, so she knows a thing or two about online publishing. Today, she decided to share what she knows in a Twitter thread that urges reporters to think of President-elect Donald Trump the same way they think of media organizations. Look:

The advice was given as a way of explaining his constant tweets, many of which are jarringly dissimilar to any communication people are used to from their elected officials.

Thinking of the presidency as an extended television show is new. It may be difficult to adjust to the idea that art no longer imitates life as much as life imitates art, but Bell’s advice may provide a framework for those tasked with explaining politics to the public to begin unpacking why Trump does what he does.

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