2013 was a big year for Public Knowledge. With the launch of our inaugural Forum in November at the Sydney Opera House, we began a long overdue conversation about the future of democracy, media and technology. This year, we hope to continue that dialogue with a number of exciting events and initiatives.
The Public Knowledge Forum generated plenty of interest in media circles both during and after the event with an active Twitter conversation backed up by coverage by many of the major news outlets. Here’s a wrap up of some of the major stories, including interviews with Jay Rosen, Mary Kissel, James Fallows and many other PKF speakers.
Dramatic shifts in the media industry threaten traditional reporting. What is the new journalism, does it inform the public, and what does this mean for democracy?
This November, the Public Knowledge Forum brought distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on governance and public policy. How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? In a world of fragmented audiences and time-shifted media consumption, can the new media still create the common pool of knowledge on which democratic self-government depends? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations?
Launching on Sunday 3 November with Life after truth: The death of journalism and what this means for democracy, presented in conjunction with the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the Forum on Monday 4 November was a full day of lively and challenging panel discussions.
Should we be optimistic about the future of journalism? Are shortening attention spans threatening an informed public or enabling democracy? The special Public Knowledge Forum edition of American Review faces these questions head on.
The Public Knowledge Forum generated plenty of interest in media circles both during and after the event with an active Twitter conversation backed up by coverage by many of the major news outlets. Read a wrap up of some of the major stories.
With the inaugural Public Knowledge Forum at the Sydney Opera House done and dusted, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to continue the conversation about the future of journalism and democracy and find out the latest about the next step for PKF.