Two Routes to a New Future


When challenged with an argument of quality journalism, digital news advocates will usually provide a rhetorical response: “What is quality?”


It is trite, and a condescending way of broaching audience demand – not necessarily condescending of the journalists who are creating the content, rather it is belittling of the audience which is controlling the direction news organisations are headed.


New structures would support the argument of those who believe the filtering and checking process has been weakened. Newsrooms are doing away with sub-editors, the checking of stories has become a one- or two-step process depending on the urgency of the breaking news cycle, and production work is increasingly being absorbed by reporters.

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