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The future of journalism (if any)

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Alan H
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The future of journalism (if any)

#1 Postby Alan H » November 13th, 2017, 12:53 pm

It's about time we had this.

It's prompted by an article today The decline of the Today programme: How bust-ups replaced debate. I think it echoes many of the problems I see with the media today, not just the Today programme.
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
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Re: The future of journalism (if any)

#2 Postby Hutter » December 17th, 2017, 2:37 pm

I don't see a bright future for journalism, not for the old school objective journalism at least. I mean, it already doesn't exist any more in the mainstream media. You can still find some independent sources though.

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Re: The future of journalism (if any)

#3 Postby animist » December 17th, 2017, 2:56 pm

well, I have not listened to Today for many days, but I will be a bit confrontational by pointing out that programmes like The Moral Maze and many others on Radio 4 do give reasoned information and discussion. I doubt that much journalism was really that objective in the past and I think we like to focus on the highlights of bygone days. The media have been democratised, that is the real "problem", so we all feel entitled to spout whatever we like

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Re: The future of journalism (if any)

#4 Postby Alan H » December 17th, 2017, 3:13 pm

There are some journalists who put the time and the effort into investigations, such as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who did the work on the Panama Papers, etc.

There is also WikiTribune, started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. It only started publishing briefings last week, but is well worth watching and supporting.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: The future of journalism (if any)

#5 Postby Alan H » December 17th, 2017, 3:15 pm

Although quite a bit out of date now (it was published in 2009), the book Flat Earth News by Nick Davies charts the decline of journalism as it used to be.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?


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