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.

Culture Shock: New Media and Organizational Change in the BBC

Culture shock: New media and organizational change in the BBC
PeterLee-Wright

Introduction

A culture that grew organically for the best part of a century is now undergoing a revolutionary transformation in response to changes in news consumption - facilitated by new technologies - and to accommodate the economic and political pressures bearing down on the BBC. Tracking this new dawn through the experience and opinion of many of those involved reveals divergent opinions on how radical, valuable and sustainable it all is, and exposes fault-lines within an organization keen to lay its old image of ‘Auntie’ to rest, while seeking a new relevance and appeal for the twenty-first century. New media has been a convenient Trojan Horse for ...

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