Decline of local papers a bigger concern than morals

The rapid decline of local newspapers is a more urgent concern than phone hacking and press morality, according to a former regional editor.

Neil Fowler told a joint committee on injunctions and privacy that the phone hacking scandal has become a “huge diversion” from the bigger issue facing journalism – “the financial state of the regional and local newspaper industry”.

He said newspaper editors are facing the real issue of asking if their newspaper can survive. “Can there be a newspaper scrutinising local MPs, local authorities and local courts going forward?

“Regional and local newspapers act in a certain way and nationals in another way, and this is taking away from what we should really be discussing.

(Source: Press Gazette)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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