The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity


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University of Chicago Press
Publish Date
October 31, 2019
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About the Author

Lewis Raven Wallace is an independent journalist, a co-founder of Press On, a southern movement journalism collective, and the host of The View from Somewhere podcast. He previously worked in public radio and is a longtime activist engaged in prison abolition, racial justice, and queer and trans liberation. He is a white transgender person from the Midwest and is now based in North Carolina.


"Nuanced and subtle. . . A compelling addition to the ongoing conversation on journalism and how it is practiced and consumed."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"[A] thoughtfully researched series of essays. . . . Wallace makes his case by carefully tracing the history of so-called objectivity in journalism. . . . As his story moves into the present, [he] persuasively argues that collective action can remedy traditional reporting's blind spots."-- "Bookforum"
"An outstanding and urgently needed critique of journalistic orthodoxy. . . Ought to be required reading in journalism schools everywhere."-- "PopMatters"
"Wallace dissects modern definitions of 'neutrality' in news and points to journalism's historic trailblazers--queer, Black, and immigrant reporters--to remind us how marginalized people have suffered at the hands of so-called 'objective news' and how we must urgently resist and reframe those definitions. An essential book for reporters, editors, and consumers of news."-- "Seema Yasmin, Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and Stanford University professor"
"The View From Somewhere is brilliant. Wallace slays the myth of journalistic objectivity, forcing the reader to wrestle with something profound: that all readers and creators of journalism have subjectivities, and that we can better perceive and create depictions of truth if we all examine these subjectivities instead of pretending that they don't exist."-- "Steven Thrasher, journalist and Northwestern University professor"
"Wallace asks the right questions and makes a powerful case for a reexamination of what journalism is and how it can best serve the public. American journalists will readily admit, I think, that our industry has let down the broader community in recent years. Wallace posits a new solution for how we might avoid the mistakes of the past and move forward in a productive way. The View from Somewhere is both a fascinating dissection of our political body and a passionate plea for reform. It's also a darn good read."-- "Celeste Headlee, author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter"