The Future of Quality News Journalism
A Cross-Continental Analysis
Edited by Peter J. Anderson, Michael Williams, George Ogola
Routledge – 2013 – 330 pages
Series: Routledge Research in Journalism
In the face of the continuously changing challenges of the digital age, it is difficult for quality news journalism to survive on any significant scale if a means for adequately funding it is not available.
This new study, a follow-up to 2007’s The Future of Journalism in the Advanced Democracies, includes a comparative analysis of possible alternative business models that may save the future of the quality news business across the developed, intermediate, and developing worlds.
Its detailed evaluation encompasses also the different ways in which wider key issues are affecting the prospects for quality news as a core ingredient of effectively working democracies. It focuses on the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Kenya, and selected parts of the Arab World, providing a comprehensive cross-cultural survey of different approaches to addressing these various issues. To keep the study firmly rooted in the "real world" the contributors include distinguished practitioners as well as experienced academics.
"This impressive work of scholarship and analysis spotlights the essential role that quality journalism and news organizations plays in civil society and focuses urgently needed attention on the challenges of sustaining such enterprises."
--Eric Freedman, Michigan State University
Introduction Peter Anderson Section One - What is Quality News Journalism? 1. Defining and measuring quality news journalism, Peter Anderson 2. From the Insight Team to Wikileaks, the continuing power of investigative journalism as a benchmark of quality news journalism, Paul Lashmar Section Two - Funding quality news journalism in the face of significant economic and technological change 3.Finding viable business models for developed world print and online newspaper sectors, Chris Blackhurst 4.Finding viable business models for developed world broadcast news, Paul Egglestone 5.Finding viable business models for intermediate and developing world broadcast, print and online newspaper sectors Motilola Akinfemisoye and Sally Deffor Section Three – A critical overview of current quality levels in the journalism of sample developed world states and what needs to be done to maintain or improve them 6. Quality journalism in the UK, in print and online Michael Williams 7.One newsroom, many possibilities: how the merging of digital and print journalism in American newsrooms is shaping the future of U.S. news media Alex Ortolani 8. American broadcast news and the future Robert Beers 9. How the audience saved UK broadcast journalismDeborah Robinson and Andrew Hobbs 10.US citizen journalism and alternative online news sites, Clyde Bentley 11. UK Social media, Citizen Journalism, and Alternative News Clare Cook and Andrew Dickinson Section Four - Current quality levels in the journalism of South Africa and Kenya and what needs to be done to maintain or improve them 12. The future of quality news journalism and media acccountability in South Africa and Kenya George Ogola and Ylva Rodny-Gumede 13.Citizen Journalism in South Africa and Kenya: the quandary of quality and the prospects of growth Dina Ligaga and Harry Dugmore Section Five – Case studies from India and the Arab World 14. Where more is not better: Challenges facing quality news journalism in ‘shining’ India Prasun Sonwalkar 15. (Re-)framing the ‘quality’ debate: The Arab media and its future journalism George Ogola Conclusion Peter Anderson
Peter J. Anderson is Reader in News Media and Research Coordinator for the Journalism, Media and Communication (JOMEC) School at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
George Ogola is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and writes as a columnist for Business Daily, a Nairobi based financial newspaper.
Michael Williams is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and a journalist writing for the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and the New Statesman.