The future of news. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the possibility of no longer needing a Canberra Press Gallery – what if politicians did the ‘leaking’ themselves via trusted bloggers. What if the sources that the Press Gallery schmoozed with, had a bigger blog audience than the journalists? What if behind the scenes public servants revealed all anonymously on forums? Sort of like Crikey but with more consumer generated stuff. — Laurel Papworth
Media Industry in Crisis As Standards Decline – Blames PR. Nick Davies, an investigative journalist of 30 years’ standing who works mainly for England’s Guardian newspaper, has put the spotlight rather savagely on his own industry and questioned what he sees as a deeply disturbing decline in journalistic standards. He also cites PR as a contributor. — Graham White, Tech PR Nibbles
NZ: Diverse and free media under threat, not just from helengrad. In a small country, where everybody knows everybody, it is so easy and tempting to toe the party line, rather than court controversy. So be nice to the government and you may well get a job in the PM’s press department or some government ministry. That Cate Brett has left the editorship of the Sunday Star-Times for a job with former Liarbour leader Sir Geoffrey Palmer just highlights this. — No Minister
Africa takes to citizen journalism. A conference of African journalists in South Africa this week will look at the emerging trend of citizen journalism and the extent to which African journalists contribute to democracy. “Much media content around Africa calls itself journalism, but is really a far cry from promoting citizens’ rights. It shamelessly promotes the rights of political rulers at the expense of broader human rights.”– Woolly Days
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