Director’s Commentary

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    Against cosmopolitanism: why should journalism cover distant suffering?

Against cosmopolitanism: why should journalism cover distant suffering?

The Western mainstream news media is constantly accused of failing to cover the problems of less powerful or wealthy parts of the world. Is this fair?

One of the things I was most proud of as a reporter in my first job on the Croydon Comet, the kind of advertising free-sheet that people use to line their cat-litter tray, was to […]

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    Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?

Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?

This is the text of a talk by Professor Charlie Beckett at the University of Adelaide’s News Reporting And Emotions conference, September 2017. You can read a longer, more academic version here.

Introduction: how news is turning emotional and how journalists should respond

In the wake of the success of various ‘populist’ political campaigns such as Brexit and Trump, there has been a […]

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    Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Traditionally in journalism  ‘objectivity’ has been seen as superior to ‘subjectivity’. But with the growth of social, journalism is turning more emotional. I’ve long advocated a more ‘networked’ journalism but in the face of recent panics about fake and hyper-partisan news do we now need a way of talking about the world that properly blends human interest with factual […]

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Journalism’s new mission: understanding the human

There is a bias in journalism. Not against any particular party or point of view – it is a bias against understanding. Sound familiar? It is from John Birt’s seminal article in The Times in 1975. He was talking about television’s ‘mission to explain’.  I would argue that journalism today is working hard on explaining, but what it really […]

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    Truth, Trust and Technology: finding a new agenda for public information

Truth, Trust and Technology: finding a new agenda for public information

 

‘Fake news’ is now a global issue but what’s really at stake? In this article based on his speech to the Asian Journalism Fellowship conference in Singapore,  Charlie Beckett calls for a wider debate about truth, trust and technology – the subject of an LSE Commission to be launched this autumn.

‘Fake news’ is a real problem: the viral hoaxes created […]

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