The Future of Journalism

This was the question at a recent workshop for 14 ‘up and coming’ young journalists from across Europe during an intensive one-week seminar organised by Fondation EurActiv [1]. Leading journalists, trainers and a major European NGO gave their candid views on EU news coverage. Background: Media across Europe are facing major challenges: economic, technological and… » read more

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Good news: Peter Preston, media commentator in The Observer, notes “newspaper shares – and salaries – recover in the US” this despite continuing slides in circulation and advertising revenues in the UK and elsewhere in Europe: the market can’t be wrong? As Preston continues “The analysts of Wall Street may never expect to see newspaper… » read more

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Newspapers as souvenirs

The decline in the number and variety of newspapers on sale in even the most well-frequented news-stands in the EU area of Brussels is striking. A few years ago it was not uncommon to see two or three different titles from peripheral countries such as Finland, Ireland, Greece and even Turkey. Today, one cannot find… » read more

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Stand Up For Free Media!

European Citizens Initiative for Media Pluralism Without free, independent, and pluralistic media citizens are deprived of the possibility to keep power accountable. Corruption and maladimistration prosper, personal business and political interest replace the common good of all, minorities face increasing marginalisation. The deterioration of media pluralism and media freedom in Europe is above all a… » read more

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Less than ten days after our latest post, UK focus on Reform, the BBC hit the headlines with a spectacular own goal or boob. The Director General, George Entwistle, in post for less than 8 weeks, tendered his resignation largely as a result of being badly mauled on the BBC Radio 4 morning ‘Today’ programme… » read more

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UK focus on Reform

The Future of Journalism looks set to focus on the UK in coming days and weeks. Boris Johnson, London’s Mayor and prolific scribbler, has penned a particularly personal attack on The Guardian in the Daily Telegraph “Newspapers are worth fighting for – even when they are wrong” but strongly defends its right to publish and… » read more

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Posted by James Pressley Julian Oliver has put his finger smack on the pulse. The paradox is what economists call a supply-and-demand imbalance: Surging demand for 24/7 news has become inversely proportional to the supply of quality journalism. Mr. Oliver and Eric Karstens of the European Journalism Centre have put forward sound ideas for how… » read more

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It hard not to be struck by the paradox of the growth of demand by multiple channels for 24/7 news and a sharp decline in the supply of quality journalism across the world and Europe inparticular. Barely a week passes without new threats to media pluralism across Europe. Newspapers are closing or publishing less, with… » read more

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