The Project on News in the 21st Century, conducted by Colorado Christian University through its Centennial Institute think tank, was launched in July 2011 as a joint initiative in classroom instruction and civic engagement to address the growing concerns of an ill-informed public and an ill-conducted Fourth Estate.
News reporting, analysis, and commentary in America today has become dangerously tainted with subjectivity, sensationalism, and undeclared ideological agendas. Fast-changing technology and consumer tastes further complicate the transmission of reliable information on which citizens can exercise well-informed “consent of the governed.” The very definition of journalism in a free society is now in dispute, and its teaching is being abandoned, most recently with closure of the University of Colorado journalism school.
The goal of the Project on News in the 21st Century is to equip CCU students and all Coloradans to be knowledgeable consumers of, and participants in, today’s mass media of news and opinion – for the preservation of liberty, the restraint of journalistic malpractice, and the renewal of citizen self-government with the “Don’t tread on me” spirit of America’s founders. The directors, pictured above, are Jay Ambrose (left) and Stephen Keating.