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Quartz editor Bell argues for more progressive form of business journalism

July 16, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Katherine Bell

Quartz editor in chief Katherine Bell has written a column arguing for a more progressive form of business journalism.

Bell writes, “If we want a better, more inclusive economy, we need a new, more demanding form of business and economic journalism, one that questions the assumptions our organizations, industries, and economies are built on; investigates not only how the systems that govern them are working now, but how they might be improved; and prepares readers to take action to improve them. In other words, we need business journalism to be more progressive.

“I don’t mean ‘progressive’ in its specifically American political sense. I mean it as Merriam-Webster defines it, ‘making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities’ and ‘moving forward or onward; advancing.’ The word’s technical, optometric meaning is a helpful metaphor, as well—when you look through progressive lenses, you can see what lies in the distance as clearly as what is right in front of you.”

Read more here.

Bell was appointed Quartz editor in chief in December 2019, following editorial leadership roles at Barron’s magazine and Harvard Business Review.

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