Viable, diverse, stable, safe — is this really too much for the media to ask?

The survival and shaping of credible news media requires a systemic reset or radical break from the ‘old ways’

02 May 2021 - 19:04 By Andrew Heslop

Viability, diversity, stability and safety are essential ingredients of any healthy information ecosystem. How many media worldwide can say yes to all four? How far are individual professionals, news organisations and the industry as a whole from achieving these? And at this time of global anxiety, economic turmoil and future uncertainty, is it crazy to be aiming for them in the first place?

As we mark World Press Freedom Day on Monday, media across the globe are fighting existential and immediate threats. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened and, in many instances, accelerated challenges familiar to media owners, editors and journalists everywhere. The dilemma for an industry shrinking by the day and fast running out of money is that the biggest, most unavoidable cost is the journalism that, by its very essence, defines it...

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