Raju Narisetti, senior vice president and deputy head of strategy for News Corp., recently shared what he considers the top nine challenges facing journalism in a speech to students at the Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.
The school's Maryanne Reed, writing for PBS MediaShift, summarizes them as:
1. Print isn't going away.
2. Digital advertising isn't the saviour.
3. Paywalls are here to stay and struggle.
4. News will have to go to readers; they will not come to us.
5. Web video offers a way out.
6. Mobile might be a threat or opportunity, but it is a journalism reality.
7. Great journalism matters.
8. Good and bad experiences involve the intersection of content and technology.
9. Newsrooms faces a new competitor: Advertising.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, widely credited as the creator of the World Wide Web, warns of the threat to democracy of the web by surveillance and censorship. Berners-Lee released his annual report, a web index on censorship, and it found that 94 per cent of countries tracked did not have adequate systems to monitor government interceptions of information. The BBC reports that Berners-Lee's report identifies one hopeful sign in the increased effort by the general public to expose wrongdoing and spur change.
Gay Alcorn, former editor of The Sunday Age and now a columnist for The Age, writes critically of the Australian press "toxicity" in response to revelations of government surveillance. Many Australian media commentators have criticized the media revelations for their impact on foreign relations, for instance. She believes media have been wrong in turning so quickly on their ilk.
"Perhaps it was predictable that such complacency would be so quick to surface here, but it's no less alarming," she concludes.