The Terror News Cycle – Des Freedman

27 05 2017

On the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday some nine hours after the horror of the Manchester bombing, Nick Robinson was speaking to Chris Phillips, a counter-terrorism expert. ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill,’ Phillips said. ‘It’s the number of bodybags that determines success.’ ‘And the publicity,’ Robinson interjected. ‘And the publicity,’ Phillips agreed. Read the rest of this entry »





Virtual doorstep: journalists, social media and the victims of tragedy – Glenda Cooper

26 05 2017

Some of the most powerful stories about the atrocity in Manchester have been told online: whether pictures of the missing, the videos taken in the aftermath or the hashtags such as #roomformanchester or #acityunited showing the city’s resilience. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism, here’s how – Ben Eltham

20 05 2017

There was a fascinating moment towards the end of Wednesday’s hearings of the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Regional newspapers can thrive again if they go back to their community role – Rachel Matthews

16 05 2017

Local newspapers are contradictory things. They are dismissed as “rags” and yet their familiar names are are part of the glue which holds communities together. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: under researched and over hyped – William H Dutton

11 05 2017

In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to better-informed citizens more easily participating in debate, elections and public discourse. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Can charity save journalism from market failure? – Victor Pickard

2 05 2017

A foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam recently announced it’s giving US$100 million to investigative news outlets and other initiatives, a rare boon for media institutions under duress. Even a fraction of this gift could help bolster impoverished U.S.-based journalism. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





The state of South African journalism: There’s good news and there’s bad news – Alan Finlay

29 04 2017

Wits University’s Journalism and Media Studies Department have just published their latest State of the Newsroom report. The annual publication maps key developments in the South African media landscape – from changes in circulation and audiences, to shifts in media ownership, digital trends in the newsroom, transformation of the news media, political, legal and regulatory issues, and the status of media freedom in the country. Politics and Society Editor Thabo Leshilo asked the editor and lead researcher … The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »