Margaret Simons (Public Interest Journalism Foundation)
- NotW - end of Murdoch era; Future of 70% of papers owned by News Ltd?
- Journos and trauma
- Crisis for journalists/media?
- Arab spring
- Open govt
- Possibilities for journalism and its audience
NEW NEWS: POLITICAL JOURNALISM - WHAT'S BROKEN, WHAT WORKS?
Panel: Lindsay Tanner, Samantha Maiden, Greg Jericho, Jay Rosen, Steve Harris (MC)
Toxic elements: politics as entertainment, management of impressions (appear to be doing things when cant' take action) permanent campaign, managing (spin) the story as content, politics as a game
These are starting to substitute for real politics.
Verification in reverse: creating doubt eg climate denialism, secrecy via complexity - political dialogue can't cope with the complex
Media: audience makers, content - attention, business - advertising
Murdoch party line: news not in conspiracy with editorial line
Echo chamber: flight to those who agree with you may be search for authority by both media and audience
LT (Former Labor Member for Melbourne):
Not a conspiracy. Nature of modern media. Routine for media to distort for entertainment, personality/celebrity politics, little serious discussion of issues
"Unions officials at war" a beat up - Health Services Union split business as usual
Regular impugning of good character without evidence eg Nick sherry & bank guarantee
No absolutes - still lots of good things
Fragmented rather than common areas fo discourse. Parallel worlds.
GJ (Grog's Gamut):
Easy out for poor journalism - politicians give them crap. No necessity to take crap as truth.
Daily Telegraph: Julia's shoes not up to wearing out shoe leather; Swan ruling out congestion tax ignored in scare story
Next election shaping up as the worst thanks to media crap.
24 hour news cycle - one hour 24 times.
SM (New Ltd):
What's working: freedom of information laws; internet cuts both ways but great for reporters and readers - more/faster; use of 'new' data eg cost of living;informing people eg child care rebate entitlements and proposed changes.
Not all frivolous or trivial.
Fortress Australias - Unhealthy to only read/watch what reflects your views. (GJ Fortress Australian?)
Phoney online MSM blogs without real audiences and interaction.