The last ten years has seen a paradox of power for journalists. Overall, the ability of the mainstream news media to set agendas and control information has been drastically diminished. However, individual journalists or acts of journalism can have more impact than ever before. This matters. To the journalists, but also to the public, because knowledge is power and […]
LADbible & PinkNews: The challenge of upholding traditional journalistic values in a competitive market
LSE MSc student Reuben Shapland reports on the latest talk from the Media and Communications in Action series at LSE. See the full line-up here.
Anyone expecting (and secretly looking forward to) a heated debate between the founder of PinkNews and LADbible’s Head of Communications over the former’s rejection of gender norms and the latter’s capitalisation on a highly gendered identity, would have […]
With its polarizing candidates, tense political climate and rampant spread of fake news, the 2018 Brazilian Elections have caused quite a stir on the global stage. LSE post-graduate student Ariane Paquet-Labelle reports on what is a critical moment for the media as well as democracy.
An especially interesting aspect of this election is how candidates have chosen to run their campaigns […]
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 […]
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. […]