Is Jon Stewart a journalist?

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We watched the Jon Stewart interview of Chris Matthews in Newswriting class today, and it seemed to be a hit. But why watch Jon Stewart in a journalism class?

American Journalism Review ran an interesting article this summer about What the Mainstream Media Can Learn from Jon Stewart.

Is Jon Stewart a Journalist or a Comedian?

Do we care?

He’s obviously getting a lot right as a comedian. But I would argue that, even if he’s not a “journalist” in the traditional sense, he’s doing a lot of things that journalists should be doing but aren’t. What things? I’ll get back to you on that once I mull it a bit more. Not for the first time, Stewart has gotten me thinking.

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1 Response to “Is Jon Stewart a journalist?”


  1. 1 odysseus28 December 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

    “He’s doing a lot of things that journalists should be doing but aren’t”. I couln’d agree more.


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