Paul Thompson, Presidente de Radio New Zealand expone como los medios públicos deben responder a la crisis actual del periodismo en una suerte de manifiesto de diez puntos
2018 has not started well for the news media.
Once proudly independent and self-reliant, we seem to have been reduced to client states of Facebook, fretting about the social network’s move away from news.
Facebook has now realised what journalists have known all along. The stakes are high when it comes to news because it is the most effective counter to entrenched power. Doing it well costs money, is difficult and requires expertise and judgment. It performs a public service and is no longer a source of ready profit.
And pseudo-journalism – public relations, spin doctoring and all the more malign forms of propaganda that seek to co-opt the credibility of legitimate news – is a constant threat.
The core of the crisis is financial even if the impacts are far wider. The mass media business model based on scarcity is in retreat and once powerful commercial publishers and broadcasters are finding it extremely difficult to find alternatives and maintain their independence.
Public service media are somewhat protected from these ravages, privileged as we are to receive government and public funding.