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‘The most comprehensive book I've read on the issues facing online journalism in the UK. Digital Journalism manages to combine an understanding of technological and cultural developments with a commercial and political awareness that prevents it falling into the trap of technological determinism. Essential reading for journalism students’ - Paul Bradshaw, visiting professor, City University, London and course leader, MA Online Journalism, Birmingham City University; Publisher, Online Journalism Blog
How can we make sense of the ongoing technological changes affecting journalism and journalists today?
Will the new digital generation break down barriers for journalism or will things just stay the same?
These and other pertinent questions will be asked and explored throughout this exciting new book that looks at the changing dynamics of journalism in a digital era. ...
Chapter 4: Truth, Trust, Transparency
Truth, Trust, Transparency
It is frightful that someone who is no one … can set any error into circulation with no thought of responsibility and with the aid of this dreadful disproportioned means of communication. (Nineteenth century philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, writing about newspapers (in Kierkegaard, 1967))
Throughout this study we consider the claims made by journalists about what they perceive as ‘online journalism’. A version of this was expressed by Andrew Muller (2000) in The Sunday Times. Muller informed us:
Until recently, consumers of news have relied … on a rigid and time-honoured structure of filters to present them with a workable approximation of the truth: these are the newspapers of free societies, or trusted national broadcasters such as the BBC and ITN.
The internet has ...