Michael Copps, a former Federal Communications Commission commissioner, says journalism needs to lead the debate over the future of the Internet. Copps says the Internet, still in its early days, will produce several more revolutionary changes in the news, but "not by continuing down the road it is presently on." He writes an open letter to journalists in the Columbia Journalism Review. Copps argues regulatory moves to widen broadband access and guaranteeing an open Internet are vital to the future of news, and he writes that journalists need to be involved in these decisions. Otherwise, the axiom will hold that decisions without you are usually decisions against you .
Lee Siegel, writing for The New Yorker, poses the question: Is the news replacing literature? He cites the recent reprised dispute between Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen over sexual abuse allegations as an example. "Instantaneous news of what happened, or might have happened, has become our art, and, like the chorus in ancient Greek tragedy, we are all part of the swelling roar."
Hu Shuli, editor-in-chief of Caixin Media, writes of the challenge of building independent, sustainable journalism in her native China. She notes in the latest Nieman Reports the lack of business acumen and the need for "better company structures and digital know-how" to meet the challenge of developing press that can stand strong. An important priority is for Chinese media to collectively protect intellectual property rights.