Preface : For the past three years, discussions about the future of the news media have centered on the decline of the so-called golden age of journalism and the descent into a chaos characterised by splintered audiences, decimated balance sheets, and the muscling-in of amateurs. Fearing that their halcyon days as the guardians of information are numbered,many editors and journalists have engaged in collective navel-gazing, askingthemselves: What went wrong?
But is the future really so bleak? Is the decline a global phenomenon? Are we moving into a new 'golden age'? And what does it mean for press freedom?
To find answers to these pressing questions, the International Press Institute (IPI) teamed up with the Poynter Institute, one of the premier journalism training centers in the world,
to set out on a global investigation assembling an international group of editors, journalists, visionaries and sceptics to discover how the future of the news is developing
around the world.
The result is that after a 10-year absence, the IPI Report series has returned, revamped and reinvigorated with a new edition entitled "Brave News Worlds", a report that charts
the exciting times ahead for the news media and uncovers the many different global perspectives thereof.
Picking up where the IPI Report series left off in 2000, "Brave News Worlds" explores what the next 10 years hold for the news and journalism industry and offers insight into
how journalists and non-journalists alike can take advantage of changes in the media and technology to make the future of news a bright one.
Edited by Bill Mitchell, Head of the Poynter Institute's Entrepreneurial Journalism and International Programs, the report brings together the greatly diverse perspectives of
42 editors, journalists and media experts from over 20 countries to tackle issues such as regulation and control, emerging forms of journalism and the power of the public,
along with the need to reframe traditional news models to better engage with audiences. With a focus on effective solutions and lessons learned, but also providing stimulus for
debate, this report is not a definitive map, but instead a compass, pointing us, the global media, in the right direction: To a sustainable and successful future for journalism.
Lauren Dolezal- Commissioning and Production Editor
To read the full report go to http://www.poynter.org/resource/190466/IPI_Poynter_report.pdf
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