Posted by: Ciaran | June 6, 2010

A cause for optimism?

I’ve just read this excellent blog post by Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust, about the future of news.

It paints a semi-optimistic picture of news journalism going forward, with Moore concluding the future is: “Not so bleak, but not so rosy either.”

But he warns those who are foretelling a ‘golden era’ of journalism in the years to come that their predictions have the “hollow twang of hope over reason.”

Moore’s analysis of the prospective business models which media companies are looking at is sober and succinct, and I’m glad to see that Roman Gallo’s fascinating project in the Czech Republic was mentioned.

I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting to leading digital journalist Kevin Anderson about Gallo’s hyperlocal project – which has seen community journalists working in coffee shops owned by the group, with the income from the café covering the overheads and the reporters basing themselves in among the customers – shortly after he’d been out to visit some of the cafés.

It’s a brilliant idea, and such forward-thinking, entrepreneurial journalism is why I hope think we can afford to be positive about the future.

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  1. I’m ready for Lots of Optimism in the news!

  2. […] I've just read this excellent blog post by Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust, about the future of news. It paints a semi-optimistic picture of news journalism going forward, with Moore concluding the future is: "Not so bleak, but not so rosy either." But he warns those who are foretelling a 'golden era' of journalism in the years to come that their predictions have the "hollow twang of hope over reason." Moore's analysis of the … Read More […]


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