The news industry – Economist debate

Written on July 16, 2011 by Pedro Cifuentes in News

The Economist believes that the internet is making journalism better, not worse.

Nicholas Carr disagrees.

The debate’s moderator remarks: “Our speakers agree that the impact of the internet, combined with the recession and a dose of mismanagement, has been to reduce the number of journalists in newsrooms across the developed world, most notably in America. They also agree that the internet makes it easier for new entrants, whether amateurs or start-up news organisations, to enter the field. But they disagree over the extent to which these new entrants can or will fill the gaps that have opened up, in local and investigative reporting in particular, as the ranks of professional journalists have thinned”.

What do you think? The debate will be open until July 22nd.


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