It’s about the content
Having lead product at a media entity I can say every tangible accomplishment our team had was the result of a focus on a single goal and not, to your point, a work of organizational compromise … which was still incredibly common.
Getting product right requires figuring out what is the "job to be done" for individuals and for the collective. Service journalism, solutions journalism, data journalism accountability journalism, and community building and civic organizing. Fiscal Note, Factal, and Axios Local are good case studies.