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    The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

The New Media Ethics: Why it’s morally more hazardous to own social media than an old newspaper

In the final part of his examination of media ownership, George Pitcher concludes that social-media operators can’t operate in a moral vacuum

In last week’s blog, I traced a continuum of meanness between the old press barons, such as Lord Beaverbrook, and the new media owners, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Both kinds were and are fabulously […]

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September 26th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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    The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

The New Media Ethics: Journalism has never been respectable, but journalists should have self-respect

This article by journalist George Pitcher is the first of a series looking at journalism and ethics.

A big problem with calling out journalism for a decline in its ethical standards is that it can imply there was ever a golden age in what used to be “Fleet Street”. It’s a romantic fantasy of Old Journalism, viewed through ink-tinted spectacles. […]

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September 6th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|

Hyperlocal News: After the Hype – A Polis/LSE Report

Hyperlocals have become part of an emerging local media system that cannot be ignored. Increased collaboration; starting a representative body; lobbying for shares of statutory notices; partnerships with the BBC; a lot has happened in recent years in UK hyperlocal.

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July 6th, 2018|Research|0 Comments|

Crunch time for the new news media economy?

We used to speculate about when the next newspaper might close, now we watch as digital native newsrooms teeter on the brink. How bad is it out there for news brands trying to make a living, let alone a profit?

[This article by Professor Charlie Beckett, director of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission.]

Josh Marshall, the editor of the pioneering […]

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    How we report elections: time for a new agenda for political journalism after the 2017 shock?

How we report elections: time for a new agenda for political journalism after the 2017 shock?

In the wake of this shock result should journalists now abandon their previously-held beliefs about covering elections? Or is there a danger that we’re replacing one set of shibboleths with fresh myths?

Most political reporters and commentators (and most media academics, including me) called most of this wrong*. Some like veteran political commentator John Rentoul are coming out early and reflecting on their mistaken […]

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