Posted September 08, 2018 11:14:07 I’ve written a few times on why I believe that the mainstream media is in dire need of a new, independent, and more informed voice.
But, until now, the only one who has ever given a definitive answer has been Andrew Bolt, former editor of the Daily Telegraph.
As Bolt tells me, in recent years the Guardian has become “the worst kind of tabloid”, and has failed to adequately answer questions from readers and the public.
I don’t disagree with Bolt’s assessment, and it’s a valid one, but I’m not sure the Guardian would be the best place for an independent outlet to start.
The Guardian has been the focus of much media attention over the past few months.
Newspapers, broadcasters and other outlets have been bombarding their audiences with stories and stories of “the new normal”.
The “new normal” that Bolt describes is the increasing use of social media and other digital technologies to create a “new, powerful and increasingly connected global network of people and ideas”.
In a recent column, Bolt wrote: “In a world that is increasingly connected, where all communications can be accessed at any time, it is no longer possible for the dominant media to be ‘the news’.” The media establishment has no choice but to confront this “new reality”, and to develop a better and more open-minded journalism.
Bolt’s article is full of these ideas, but its basic premise is flawed.
It misses the point completely.
A better and open-thinking journalism, which embraces technology, and seeks to be a bridge between people and news, is necessary to build a stronger, fairer, more informed media in the future.
Bolt writes: “Our news is now largely mediated by our smartphones and tablets.
It is not news at all.
It can be a distraction from a deeper, more fundamental truth, but it is news nonetheless.”
If the Guardian wants to become the new “news” paper, it must embrace technology and become an open source.
If we want to build more open, more democratic and more transparent journalism, we must accept the fact that the Guardian’s digital platform, Guardian Digital, is failing.
At the moment, the Guardian is content to provide news that is “totally opaque”, or at best a very partial view of what is going on in the world.
It is failing to provide accurate information and to give people the information they need to make informed decisions about what to read.
For Bolt, a more transparent, open-ended and “transparent” news service is essential to building a better media in this day and age.
But is Bolt’s solution realistic?
We will never be able to do this alone. “
This means making sure the news and information we deliver to our readers are of an accurate and impartial quality.
We will never be able to do this alone.
But we must start from scratch.”
The best way to make sure the “new media” succeeds is for a new media, independent of the Guardian, to be created.
That is, for a newspaper, broadcaster or other news organisation to take control of its digital platform and start publishing stories that are open, transparent and factual, and that are not “all news at once”.
This could include a new online news platform, with a focus on local, regional and global issues.
This type of journalism could be developed in partnership with the mainstream press and other media organisations.
In the meantime, the new digital media platform should be open, free and open to the public, and its audience should be informed.
So, should a new Guardian, or any other news outlet, want to create the kind of “new news” that will lead to more accurate, open, and “fair” news, it needs to adopt Bolt’s model for creating a more open and “democratic” media.
There is a difference between a “truly independent” newspaper and one that is biased towards certain political or ideological viewpoints.
By embracing a “Tories-only” approach, a newspaper that focuses only on the “news”, would have no reason to focus on what is happening in the real world and would be limited to “talking points” and stories that reinforce the government’s preferred narrative.
An “open” news outlet is a place where the public can express themselves and share their opinions.
It should not be a place that tells people what they can and cannot say.
One way or another, the “tories-first” approach will no longer work.
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