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Apr 08, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Public trust" journalism is an essential element of a functioning, informed democracy. It is just as important, in its own way, as the parliament or the judiciary.

By "public trust" journalism I refer to journalism that applies scrutiny, analysis and accountability to governments, parliaments, politicians, public servants, judges, police, councils, the military, NGOs, diplomats, business and community leaders and the recipients of public funding.

This journalism includes investigative reporting, analysis and feature writing, commentary, opinions, editorials, campaigns as well as the day-to-day reporting of parliaments, councils, courts, tribunals, wars, stock exchanges and all the other tentacles of the polity, the judiciary and the democracy."

Apr 08, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"Will there be new online models to fund high quality investigative journalism?"

Blogger/reporter Zerochampion explores the prospects.
Apr 08, 2009 - Posted by Regan Ray
…then you can just say it in online comments sections. In this article for the online edition of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, Laura Janecka and Eve Tobolka look at the benefits and challenges of letting readers and listeners speak their minds
Apr 06, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"These days, everywhere you look it seems that some newspaper is closing its doors, stopping its presses, or maybe just going online-only. This sea change is being heralded by some as the "death of journalism," a transformation that has been brought about thanks to the web. But is the web really killing journalism? Or is it allowing an entirely new type of journalism to emerge?"
Apr 06, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
While news organizations are struggling in the face of the recession, little is being done to discuss issues around the quality of journalism being practiced on the front lines. Journalism online offers a new method of producing, distributing and consuming news, but the current focus appears to be on breaking news and short formats. What is the future of investigative journalism, feature writing, enterprise and other longer formats?

Here is one take...
Apr 06, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
"As the financially battered newspaper industry considers various schemes for charging for its digital content (see Prime Time, February/March), some look back ruefully on what news industry blogger Alan Mutter refers to as “the Original Sin” – the more or less collective decision to offer free access to news online."

This article provides an insightful analysis of AP's involvement with major news aggregators like Google and Yahoo, zeroing in on the impact on the news industry.
Apr 05, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
A column in the New York Times about the future of journalism and developing a sustainable model by columnist Nicholas D. Kristof.
Apr 05, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British parliament is undertaking public consultations on community news outlets. In particular is want to study:

  • The impact of newspaper closures on independent local journalism and access to local information;
  • How to fund quality local journalism;
  • The appropriateness and effectiveness of print and electronic publishing initiatives undertaken directly by public sector bodies at the local level;
  • The opportunities and implications of BBC partnerships with local media;
  • Incentives for investment in local content;
  • Opportunities for “ultra-local” media services.

Apr 04, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
Insightful post to Reportr.net deconstructing recent comments by CBC President Hubert Lacroix about the future of CBC online.
Apr 04, 2009 - Posted by Robert Washburn
Great article from Fast Company on National Public Radio and its efforts to enter journalism online and maintain its traditional journalistic integrity.
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Journalism Online

When news organizations of all sizes adapt to the demand of online journalism, it's not always easy to get bang for the buck. Journalists and media organizations must stay on top of emerging technology to engage and serve their audiences. In this section, we'll highlight their achievements and methods