Director’s Commentary

Should tech companies subsidise journalism?

Journalism as an industry is in deep trouble economically and yet the social networks that increasingly carry its content are booming. Surely, these digital buddies could spare a dime (or a billion) to sustain public service news?

Emily Bell, formerly of the Guardian and now leader of the Tow Center at Columbia University thinks that it is in the interest […]

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    That Facebook vision thing: a platform still grappling with political realities

That Facebook vision thing: a platform still grappling with political realities

I initially described Mark Zuckerberg’s latest mission statement as ‘vacuous’. That was a rather rude way of saying that there is a vacuum at the heart of his rhetoric. It’s politics.

What’s fascinating is that he probably realises this and is struggling to understand something that doesn’t seem to be a natural part of his mental world.

The Guardian’s Alex Hern […]

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How Can We Clean Up Media and Democracy in 2017?

After everything that happened in politics in 2016 is there anyone left in the world who doesn’t think that journalism matters to democracy? As you watched Britain vote to leave the European Union, or Donald Trump win the US presidency, did you ever use the phrase “I blame the media” or “It’s all Facebook/Twitter’s fault”?
Any student of politics now […]

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2017: Media will get messier, journalism must show courage

One of the most common fallacies of media trend prediction is the idea of a ‘tipping point’. 2016 is no different. It might feel like the 12 months when media and democracy crash-landed. It will be labelled as the year that confirmed Facebook’s (not entirely welcome) dominance. Perhaps also the year when Twitter went bad and newspaper advertising fell off a […]

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    How do you report on something that isn’t true? Dealing with Trump’s tweets and other fake news

How do you report on something that isn’t true? Dealing with Trump’s tweets and other fake news

My exchange with a journalist at USA Today illustrates what a struggle it is going to be to get this distinction established in news coverage after the 2016 election.

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