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    Wikitribune: can crowd-sourced journalism solve the crisis of trust in news?

Wikitribune: can crowd-sourced journalism solve the crisis of trust in news?

Surely what the world needs right now is more paid journalists working with the public to improve the quality of news? So welcome to Jimmy Wales’ new venture Wikitribune which will use crowd-funding to support a (small) team of professional journalists working collaboratively with expert citizens to find stories, create content and fact-check its own work.

It sounds positive. Especially […]

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    If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

Election campaigns are not just about who is going to win. Yes, the final result is all that matters in terms of power but democracy is about debate and deliberation as well as the decision. It’s a moment when we are supposed to talk to ourselves as a nation about who we are and what we want to be. […]

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    The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media (book review)

The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media (book review)

The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media

By John Durham Peters

(4th Estate)

 
“I get all the news I need from the weather report”
(Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel: Only Living Boy In New York)
Media is now environmental, like the air we breathe. It’s a ubiquitous and vital fact of contemporary life, like the water from our taps. It is a […]

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    How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

I wrote the chapter on broadcasting for the Cowley/Kavanagh Election 2015 book. Here is the section on the negotiations that led to the TV ‘debates’ and their impact – for the full chapter and the authoritative record of all aspects of that campaign, get the book here!

By Charlie Beckett, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and director […]

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Trust and engagement: notes from the frontline

In March Polis brought together about 50 journalists, data scientists, journalism academics, platform representatives, campaigners, entrepreneurs, startup founders and investors to the LSE to discuss how to improve trust and engagement in the news media. It was a closed workshop designed to stimulate debate and suggest innovation and research initiatives. And it worked. As one participant put it, ‘great […]

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