Have new communications technologies revitalized the public sphere, or become the commercial tool for an increasingly un-public, undemocratic news media? Are changing journalistic practices damaging the nature of news, or are new media allowing journalists to do more journalism and to engage the public more effectively?

With massive changes in the media environment and its technologies, interrogating the nature of news journalism is one of the most urgent tasks we face in defining the public interest today. The implications are serious, not just for the future of the news, but also for the practice of democracy.

In a thorough empirical investigation of journalistic practices in different news contexts, New Media, Old News explores how technological, economic, and social changes have reconfigured news journalism, and the consequences of these transformations for a vibrant democracy in our digital age. The result is a piercing examination of why understanding news journalism matters now more than ever. It is essential reading for students and scholars of journalism and new media.

NGOS, New Media and the Mainstream News: News from Everywhere

NGOS, new media and the mainstream news: News from everywhere
NatalieFenton

Introduction

This chapter looks at one type of news source - the NGO - and the nature of its relationship to the professional journalist in a new media environment. It draws on a range of interviews with a variety of NGOs and journalists conducted throughout 2007/08.1 Publicity - both for campaigning and for fundraising - is a central aspect of all NGOs’ work. For many, particularly the large, resource-rich organizations, responding to a media-saturated environment has meant a growth in press and public relations (PR) offices increasingly staffed by trained professional journalists. These professionals apply the same norms and values to their work as any mainstream newsroom ...

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