Can journalism thrive in the digital era? The answer, British media scholar George Brock suggests, lies not with one business model but with many – including paywalls, sponsorships and philanthropy. Legacy media organizations can learn from online start-ups, which nimbly experiment with formats and funding models. Innovation fueled journalism from its beginnings, as Brock demonstrates in a comprehensive look at the history of the news. Brock, who writes from an English perspective, devotes two of his 10 chapters to how the British phone-hacking scandals damaged media credibility. He issues a stern warning to media executives: Organizations that fail to innovate will not be part of journalism’s future. getAbstract recommends his historical overview to those in and out the news business who believe that a free society prospers when journalism does.
In this summary, you will learn
- How innovation fueled the growth of journalism,
- Why experimentation is crucial to its future and
- Why journalism must remain true to its core values.
About the Author
George Brock heads the Graduate School of Journalism at City University London. A former reporter and editor at the Observer and The Times, he serves on the board of the International Press Institute.
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3 years agoThis sounds like why I use getAbstract… “If information flows like liquid in and out of devices 24 hours a day, journalism’s value lies in something it has done before: sifting, distilling, taking the signal from the noise.” originally from George Brock in the book Out of Print.
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