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Should government fund quality journalism

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At a recent meeting of PR colleagues, it was suggested that we had a role to play in promoting democracy.

While I’m not convinced that working to keep a status quo in place necessarily has a lot to do with a healthy democracy, I do believe in the necessity of inquiring, investigative journalism. Regardless of whether it is delivered in print, online, on television, radio, or a mobile phone, we need the highest quality of journalism to help keep the bastards honest.

So, with that in mind, I was interested to watch yet another grim prediction for the future of newspapers on Australia’s national television broadcaster last night.

Overall, the item was gloomy and somewhat predictable, but one comment really caught my attention. Successful Australian online publisher, Eric Beecher, suggested that it was, in fact, up to government meet the cost of ensuring quality journalism continues.

It’s not a new suggestion and undoubtedly raises the hairs on the neck of many journalists. But, perhaps it is worth examining, provided there was some way of avoiding government interference.  I’m keen to hear thoughts on the matter.

Ian

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Written by ianandsue

May 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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