Political journalism in the digital age
Charlie Beckett
MC417
November 2012
c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk
@CharlieBeckett
• “…the joining of these two forces - the

information revolution and the human urge to cooperate for justice - makes poss...
Remaking the world with the Web?
Remaking the world with the Web?
• “It used to be thought – and I include myself
in this – that help was on the horizon. New
forms of communication would p...
• “It used to be thought – and I include myself
in this – that help was on the horizon. New
forms of communication would p...
How (analogue age) political
journalism worked

Power

Media

Public
How networked political journalism
works
Power

Media
Public
What changed?
Old to New News Media
Crude technology – Infinite technology
Top down – consumer led
Deadlines – 24/7
Barrie...
Networked Journalism
What changed?
• Hypertextuality - connectivity
• Interactivity & participation
• Multi-mediality & diversity
The song
• In a world where humour can be more
effective than reason, where does that leave
the idea of an informed society?
• In w...
What happens to these core
functions of political journalism?
• To inform
• To foster debate
• To present a critique and h...
The 47% video: citizen plus reporter
The 47% make the news
Nate Silver – a journalist who isn’t a
journalist
Non MSM Fora
non-political political fora
Non MSM Watchdog
What difference?
•
•
•
•
•

More informed?
More accountable?
More open debate?
More democratic media?
More democratic poli...
The real crisis is not authority but
attention
•
•
•
•

Trust – transparency - accountability
Value – verification – utili...
Political journalismlecture2013
Political journalismlecture2013
Political journalismlecture2013
Political journalismlecture2013
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This is a lecture on how political journalism is changing in the UK (and with some international case studies) as communications become more networked. It shows that people are given more voice to question power but that there are limits on how much this is really changing politics or democracy. It uses the Clegg 'I'm sorry' episode to highlight the role of humour in this new environment.

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  1. 1. Political journalism in the digital age Charlie Beckett MC417 November 2012 c.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk @CharlieBeckett
  2. 2. • “…the joining of these two forces - the information revolution and the human urge to cooperate for justice - makes possible for the first time in history something we have only dreamt about: the creation of a truly global society. A global society where people anywhere and everywhere can discover their shared values, communicate with each other and do not need to meet or live next door to each other to join together with people in other countries in a single moral universe to bring about change….”
  3. 3. Remaking the world with the Web?
  4. 4. Remaking the world with the Web?
  5. 5. • “It used to be thought – and I include myself in this – that help was on the horizon. New forms of communication would provide new outlets to by-pass the increasingly shrill tenor of traditional media. In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five”
  6. 6. • “It used to be thought – and I include myself in this – that help was on the horizon. New forms of communication would provide new outlets to by-pass the increasingly shrill tenor of traditional media. In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five” • Tony Blair Reuters ‘feral beasts’ speech 2007
  7. 7. How (analogue age) political journalism worked Power Media Public
  8. 8. How networked political journalism works Power Media Public
  9. 9. What changed? Old to New News Media Crude technology – Infinite technology Top down – consumer led Deadlines – 24/7 Barriers to entry – easy access Unreactive - Interactive Expensive - Cheap Single platform – Multi Platform Scarcity - abundance Profitable – Free
  10. 10. Networked Journalism
  11. 11. What changed? • Hypertextuality - connectivity • Interactivity & participation • Multi-mediality & diversity
  12. 12. The song
  13. 13. • In a world where humour can be more effective than reason, where does that leave the idea of an informed society? • In world where satire can be more effective than debate, where does that leave the idea of deliberation?
  14. 14. What happens to these core functions of political journalism? • To inform • To foster debate • To present a critique and hold power to account
  15. 15. The 47% video: citizen plus reporter
  16. 16. The 47% make the news
  17. 17. Nate Silver – a journalist who isn’t a journalist
  18. 18. Non MSM Fora
  19. 19. non-political political fora
  20. 20. Non MSM Watchdog
  21. 21. What difference? • • • • • More informed? More accountable? More open debate? More democratic media? More democratic politics?
  22. 22. The real crisis is not authority but attention • • • • Trust – transparency - accountability Value – verification – utility Relevance – proximity – diversity Empowerment – investigative, disruptive, critical, reflexive, open
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