Recommended reading on public interest journalism futures

Below is a selection of recommended reading for those with a concern for public interest journalism futures.

NZ High Court judgment on blogging and journalism
Analysis at The Conversation
By Jane Johnston, Associate Professor Journalism and Public Relations at Bond University

“A New Zealand High Court judgment handed down on Friday will have far-reaching implications for journalists and bloggers, as courts around the world consider the rapidly changing definitions of journalism.

At the centre of the judgment was the question: how do New Zealand laws define who is a journalist and what is the news media? In this case, the judge found that under Section 68 of the Evidence Act a blogger can be classed as a journalist, and a website or blog as a news medium.

In the case of Slater v Blomfield, Justice Raynor Asher found that a blogger can be legally defined as a journalist. Likewise, a blog can be journalism, even if the work is carried out for a non-mainstream media outlet…”

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Emerging skills for journalists: new report

The importance of journalists developing new and enhanced skills in ethics, quality control and fact checking, and “audience relationships” is highlighted in a new report, Emerging Skills for Journalists, a report from the National Council for Training Journalists in the UK

The report also says IT and digital skills, PR and communication skills, entrepreneurialism and freelancing, time management and managing workload skills, and communictions are important areas for  continual professional training and development.


The Guardian: developing new relational, business models

“Guardian News & Media has launched a new membership programme with three tiers, from free to £60 a month, that give readers access to a range of events and activities.

The new initiative, called Guardian Membership, aims to allow readers to get closer to the Guardian’s brand and open journalism philosophy.

“You can become a closer part of the community of journalists, readers and friends of an instituion that has been around for well over 190 years,”  said Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of GNM titles the Guardian and Observer. “By joining, you can be part of of our journey of transformation into an open and global 21st century media company.”

Guardian Live will be a rolling programme of events, discussions, debates, interviews, keynote speeches and festivals to bring the Guardian brand and experience to life in venues in the UK and internationally.

Guardian Membership comes in three tiers: Friends, which is free and gives access to events, news and bookings; Partners, which costs £15 per month and includes a range of discounts and priority booking for events; and Patrons, which costs £60 a month and will include an extra level of access including a “backstage pass” to GNM operations, including newsroom tours, print site visits and insight into the editorial process…”

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Eight journalists who are revolutionising media
By Colin Morrison, writing at Flashes & Flames

Colin Morrison, chairman and non-executive director of, and consultant to, public, private and private equity-owned media, marketing and information companies in the UK, Europe, and Asia, has nominated eight journalist revolutionaries:

1. Shane Smith: Vice News
2. Leo Laporte: TWiT TV
3. Nick Denton: Gawker Media
4. Mia Freedman: Mamamia
5. Andrew Sullivan: The Dish
6. Sharon Waxman: The Wrap
7. Jessica Lessin: The Information
8. Ezra Klein: Vox

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West Side Tories
An analysis of media wars by former Public Interest Journalism Foundation board member Jim Parker.

“The mainstream media is deep into its ‘Me’ phase. Despite the world going through enormous change and upheaval, a large chunk of our media is talking more about itself and its competition than it is about anything that might remotely impact on its audience….”

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A figment in Miranda’s imagination
By Public Interest Journalism Foundation board member Wendy Bacon

“Two weeks ago, News Corp Australia’s Miranda Devine published Wendy Bacon and comrades lay into Sharri Markson on Twitter in defence of The Australian’s media section editor Sharri Markson, who had been criticised for a column she wrote about the dangers of mixing activism and journalism.

Three of Markson’s culprits were the undergraduate coordinator of journalism at the University of Technology Sydney, Jenna Price, well known political journalist Margo Kingston, who founded the citizen journalism site no fibs, and myself. Mike Carlton, who recently resigned as a popular Fairfax columnist, and Channel Ten’s contributing editor Paul Bongiorno, who had dared to express the view that the National Broadband Network was being ‘trashed’ by the Abbott government, were also mentioned.

There is nothing unusual about a column complaining about the blurring of news and opinion journalistic genres. News writing is more openly opinionated than it used to be although many who complain about this development fail to understand that so called more traditional ‘objective’ reporting disguises preferred values and biases.

When I read Markson’s column, one of my first thoughts was about how amusing it was that a section editor of a publication, which so transparently and relentlessly pursues a political agenda, should criticise others for expressing opinions….”

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