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.
Chapter Two: The Political Economy of the ‘New’ News Environment
The Political Economy of the ‘New’ News Environment
The End of News (As We Know It)?
The traditional business model for delivering news is in crisis. This is a story that would probably not make the headlines of your evening news bulletin but it relates to a series of developments that is set to have a massive impact not simply on the future of the news business but on the ability of ordinary citizens to secure information that allows them more effectively to participate in public life. As the established news organizations see their audiences decline in the face of increasing competition from new types of suppliers and observe the spectacular growth of online advertising, some commentators are predicting ...