The most significant media story today reveals how U.S. and U.K. spy agencies have been able to circumvent what most would believe are basic privacy and security measures on our digital data. Several media organizations reported this, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and ProPublica. The latter piece also explains why the organization chose to publish. The Times' public editor, Margaret Sullivan, also explains the ethical decision-making process involved in determining whether to publish such information; the call was rather easy for editors there, she reports.
George Brock, the head of the journalism program at City University in London, writes on the Australia-based academic blog The Conversation about the future of journalism. Far from gloomy, Brock argues that the digital transition resembles other historic transformations of media, that new ways to pay for quality are emerging, and that opportunities flourish in an environment of innovation. Time to spike the gloom, he says.
The new British media watchdog appears to be pressing on, despite reservations and non-participation of some significant titles in the country. The Guardian reports that the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) should launch in 2014, even though The Guardian and Financial Times will not be participating. The new group needs cabinet approval but is trying to seal deals on membership and governance in advance of a meeting in October to present its plans to government.