Replacing Journalism: New Foundations for Expertise, Diversity, and Debate

By Andy Oram
May 3, 2009 | Comments: 1

In this new article, I've isolated three key traits we seek in journalism--expertise, diversity, and debate--and suggest how we might elicit them from the general public without mediation by journalists. The exercise is an example of the kind of practice that could emerge from a combination of new technologies and new habits.

Journalism presents facts and opinions in a manner that helps us make critical decisions, individually and as a collective. If professionals can no longer serve us with the necessary research, analysis, and filtering, we must use other sources and incentives to cultivate the three traits I listed in the title.

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I totally agree with you, in fact, some journalists, who supposed to be neutral, take side to one political party or an organisation for the sake of their interests. Political economy has power to influence journalists' independency.

Furthermore, instead of disseminating information to the public, journalists often provoke their readers by their statemens or arguments. Indeed, by their critics, the society are set against the government which finally lead to nation disintegration.

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