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.

An Ethical Deficit? Accountability, Norms, and the Material Conditions of Contemporary Journalism

An ethical deficit? Accountability, norms, and the material conditions of contemporary journalism
AngelaPhillips, NickCouldry, DesFreedman

Introduction

Whether we debate them or not, news media raise ethical questions. Since an important claim made for journalism is that it contributes, in an essential way, to the working of democracy, its ethics connect to questions of democratic functioning. But what if the conditions, analysed in this book, under which journalism is now practised, are inimical to ethical action? What are the wider implications for journalism, democracy, and for attempts to regulate journalism within the democratic process?

This chapter is in three parts. The first part offers, as a reference point for what follows, one version of the basic principles of ...

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