Leveson and the Internet

Sounds like some weird indie band, right? But no, the Leveson report came out last week and in it, Lord Leveson suggested that a new watchdog, independent of newspapers and MPs, with statutory underpinning, should regulate the press. Although this is what most expected, it means that the press could become diluted and investigative journalism […]

Saving the local press: Is it possible?

If it wasn’t for the paper girl/boy back home, I don’t think I would have ever bothered to read my local newspaper, the Solihull News. This has been confirmed by the fact that I now live in Kingston, where the young deliverer of local news seems to not exist. I know of my local newspapers, […]

Twitter: a utilisation of knowledge or a collection of ignorance?

Hayek (1979) said ignorance can be conquered “not by the acquisition of more knowledge, but by the utilisation of knowledge which is and remains widely dispersed among individuals.” Alfred Hermida used this quote in his 2010 essay entitled ‘Twittering the news – the emergence of ambient journalism’ to describe micro-blogging. In this post, I am […]

The role of the citizen journalist

What is the role of the citizen journalist in journalism? Certainly, the role is more important online than it is in print, but what does it mean for journalism in general? John Kelly (2009) wrote an article about the citizen journalist entitled: ‘Red Kayaks and Hidden Gold: the rise, challengers and value of citizen journalism’, […]

Can print and online journalism ever exist together happily?

Is the online revolution of journalism as fast-paced as everyone thinks? Are newspapers really on the brink of dying a cold, hard, software-related death? Steen Steensen thinks not, as described in his blog post – Online journalism and the promises of new technology, part 1: The revolution that never happenedĀ (2010). I agree with him, to […]

The Future of Journalism

James Curran wrote an article entitled The Future of Journalism in 2010. In it, he laid out various different viewpoints of where journalism stands today and where it is headed. The predictions outlined varied from an apparent growing ‘crisis of journalism’, online journalism improving old-media journalism, and ‘pro-am’ (professional-amateur) partnerships. In this post, I am […]