American media

US Militia, Wikileaks and the Tea Party: how alternative new media is destroying traditional ideas objectivity (guest blog)

If people feel that mainstream media is ignoring alternative politics, then they can now create their own media. But how should traditional journalism respond? Should it change its ideas of impartiality to reflect the real diversity of contemporary politics? This is Polis Summer School student Steven Linett’s course paper that tackles this complex problem, citing media around the rise of […]

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Your News Is Our News: How Can Global Journalism Survive?

For a global elite who care about the big international issues such as climate change, economic regulation or conflict and security, modern media is a wondrous but worrying thing. Thanks to great multi-national brands like the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera or the New York Times we have fantastic trans-national news resources. While the Guardian only has 300,000 sales in the […]

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Global Media Goes Public – But What Value Is That?

Travelling around New York City at the weekend with my two teenage boys was a reminder of just how globalised our culture has become with shops, music and even art looking distinctly familiar to my young Londoners. An all-day seminar today on world media seemed to suggest that global journalism has some trans-national trends, too. But as ever, look closer […]

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Journalism Education In A Networked World (Polis in Shanghai)

    This is the text of a speech to a gathering of global journalism education leaders at the 80th anniversary conference of Fudan University, Shanghai. JOURNALISM EDUCATION FOR A NETWORKED MEDIA We are at a critical moment in the history of journalism. This is a phase of accelerated technological, economic and political change. This is a period when the […]

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State 2.0: lessons for e-politics from networked journalism

Instead of asking what is so wrong with our political communications today, why not ask, ‘what is working?’ And perhaps, even more daring in such a depressed age, ‘what can we expect from a more digital democracy?’ Are there lessons to be learnt for politics from the experience of networked journalism?

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The myth of the myth of digital democracy (book review)

One of the staples of  journalism is the straw man: the threat that never existed or the claim that was never really made. With the Internet this straw man is Joe Trippi and the few other people who have insisted that the Internet is innately democratic and that it will have revolutionary political consequences. Matthew Hindman’s The Myth of Digital […]

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Journalism in crisis: time for a government bailout

It is extraordinary that American journalists of all people could argue for a government bail-out, but  if George W Bush can nationalise their banks, then why not the newsrooms? In a deeply serious and progressive article in The Nation  John Nichol and Robert McChesney make a case that attempts to move us on from the wailing and gnashing of teeth in US […]

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March 21st, 2009|International|5 Comments|

Networked to Death? Lessons from LA on journalism's survival online

The very thing that promises to transform journalism could be the thing that kills it. I am in the US where newspapers in particular are closing, filing for bankruptcy protection or slashing staff. The recession is speeding up an already painful process.

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Public Power (or, How A Lazy Blogger Exploits His Audience)

I am a passionate enthusiast for public participation in the news media. It’s what my book is all about. And what better – and more amusing – example than John Kelly’s attempt to revive his Voxford blog in his home town Washington DC.

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Hogging the screen: should journalists be centre stage? (guest blog)

A video of Fox News personality Laura Ingraham has been circulating in which she complains, yells, argues and moans about everything from makeup to words on her teleprompter being spelled wrong.  It is amusing, but why are so many journalists becoming the stories rather than reporting them? Polis Summer School student Rachel Thomas reports.

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