June 4, 2013 by newsgetting
The post-Leveson debate has taken many a twist and turn, and there is no sign yet of a resolution of the struggle to decide how the press will be regulated in future. As has been pointed out often, Lord Justice Leveson‘s report made only a fleeting reference to online journalism. One obvious reason was the improbability (or should that be impossibility?) of regulating the internet. But isn’t the net where the future of journalism lies? That subject is going to be explored next Saturday (8 June) at a special day-long conference in the London College of Communication: “After Leveson, is citizen journalism the answer?” It is being hosted by the Citizen journalism Educational Trust and The-Latest.com, which calls itself Britain’s first dedicated citizen journalism news portal. The speakers include NewStatesman columnist Laurie Penny, Angela Phillips of Goldsmiths College (and EastLondonLines), Evan Harris, associate director of Hacked Off, Marc Wadsworth, editor of The-Latest.com, and James Anslow, former Sun and News of the World sub-editor (and City University tutor). He has tweeted about his bravery in being prepared to defend tabloid journalism. But the debate will not be confined to which of the alternative royal charters is the most suitable, and which offers the best possible defence of press freedom. In broad terms, all newspaper journalists must be wondering whether a growing army of bloggers and tweeters (aka the public) will supplant the mainstream media controlled by wealthy proprietors. On the other hand, do we not need “big media” to hold big government and big business to account?
Is citizen journalism nothing more than a romantic illusion?
I can imagine the arguments already…
By Roy Greenslade (The Guardian)