Tuesday, 27 April 2010

future of news and journalism crisis

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

investigative journalism in crisis

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Reports of journalism in crisis in recent years first started with discussion among science reporters.

One of the least discussed fields - investigative journalism.

Today sees the issue go under the microscope at a global conference in Geneva.

That, and other headlines:

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The Global Investigative Journalism Conference begins today, Thursday, in Geneva . The daily Le Temps upholds the importance of the genre, ...
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There is a crisis in journalism. There is a continuing decrease in the quality and quantity of international news as large media groups cut their ...
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Angelica Holiday The Aspen Institute's President Walter Isaacson is featured in "The Media: Journalism In Crisis." Premiers Sunday, April 4, 2010, ...

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strange denials over journalism crisis

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A strong culture of denial running through mainstream media ignores how bad the journalism crisis really is.

Mainstream media coverage over the last month - as informally defined by Google news searches - still sees dozens more references to "the future of ..." journalism, news, media and so forth.

Viewpoints range from flat out denial to vaguely hopeful, a few even sound excited.

Not even half a dozen stories refer directly to a journalism crisis.

Conservative commentators acknowledge the journalism crisis but refute any role for public funding despite wealthy Republicans accepting billions in bailout dollars for "too big to fail" institutions like banks and car companies.

One US study finding that a loss of more than a billion dollars from journalism spending has been answered  with barely US$140 million for frontline reporting from news trusts and non-profits.

This would be like expecting General Motors to make a full recovery - which it has - on roughly 10 per cent of what it got from American tax-payers.

Strangest aspect of crisis denials is the impression that journalism, alone, somehow, has escaped the global economic crisis and neither needs nor deserves assistance making it through to the next golden age of journalism - defying a newly established global logic.

As previously noted here and in other comment pieces, the last golden age began fading soon after the Watergate expose back in the 1970s.

An increasingly less free market of ideas has suffered similar shrinkage over the last few decades, to the point where trillions can be wiped off share markets because the attack dogs of journalism are long gone, or too few to make a difference. 

Most of the watch dogs slept through the global financial crisis, shouldered out of the way by muscular lap dogs licking at the same conflicts of interest as banks, brokers and board directors that saw the housing bubble pop, taking the rest of the world with it.

Compared to costs of global financial crisis, arguably collapsing from journalism's failure to fulfill its watchdog role, a bailout of independent, investigative journalism has got to be cheap as chips.

More vital than banks, far more essential than cars, strong, independent and investigative journalism is central to planetary futures at a time of looming climate driven crisis from food to water, shelter and, an emerging term, "social cohesion."

Lack of social cohesion suggests disastrous potential for not millions but billions of lives.

Imperative that corruption, conflicts of interest and fraud is exposed on a massive scale, now, lest such events become an immediate reality, not distant possibility.


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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski delivers tough love to broadcasters

Bad News! A Prognosis On The Health And Well Being Of Print Journalism

Franklin Center's Take on ProPublica's Pulitzer

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Monday, 5 April 2010

latest on journalism in crisis

2009 techcrunch says AOL has 1500 writers

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The Media: Journalism in Crisis - AOL Television

Strangely, the links show … absolutely nothing. Click here for more on how AOL is hiring journalists.

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If anything, it's not "Journalism in Crisis". It should be called, "Media Monopoly Profiteering in Crisis". Technology has Freed Information.

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few see crisis in future of news

state of the news media 2010
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Tens of thousands of journalists and news room workers have been sacked worldwide over the last two years.
Yet most debate continues to be dominated by discussions about the “future of news” - rather than the crisis happening right now.
Ironically, the top Google result leads to a ‘proper’ website www.thefutureofnews.com - which has disappeared.
Future of news on Google returns roughly half a million hits. Future of journalism gets another million or so. Worryingly for print, variations like the future of newspapers get barely 80,000 hits.
Amongst all the blue sky mining, however, the most worrying trend is the lack of local debate surrounding journalism crisis - just 20,000 hits. The more academically inclined are more active, getting some 80,000 hits for the slightly more high brow journalism in crisis.
Slightly more encouraging are some 200,000 hits for world journalism in crisis.
A quick guesstimate suggests the future gets six times as much debate as the current crisis.
Is this realistic?
Unless the causes of the current crisis are investigated with as much effort as possible futures, there may not be much of a future for journalism.
Indeed, such concerns may already be out-of-date.
Journalism is dead”  -- an obvious eyeball grabber -- but even leading academia like the Pew Institute are using the D word.