PKF goes online and on air

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. 

Are we really informed?

Should we be optimistic about the future of quality journalism or have we seen the last gasp of investigative reporting? Are shortening attention spans threatening an informed public or do new formats offer an exciting opportunity for democracy? The special Public Knowledge Forum edition of American Review, out this week, faces these questions head on.

PunditFact and a battle of the billionaires

It’s been a big few weeks for old and new media. Here’s some of the best stuff we’ve come across over the past fortnight, including the new PolitiFact website promising to hold pundits accountable, the Guardian defending it's integrity and a journalism project funded by the founder of eBay.

Has the media failed in US shutdown reporting?

The US government shutdown has grabbed headlines around the world this week, but many media critics have been scathing of the reporting surrounding the issue. Rather than skewering Republicans for their obstructionism, the major media outlets have been accused of creating a false equivalence and unfairly laying the blame at the feet of both the Democrats and the GOP. See what PKF speakers Jay Rosen and James Fallows have to say. 

Eric Beecher and the death of Fairfax

A raft of new Australian and international speakers have been announced for the Public Knowledge Forum in November and we'll be featuring many of them on the website and on our Facebook page in the next few weeks. First off, we look at Crikey publisher Eric Beecher and his provocative article on the end of newspapers as we know them.

A view from inside the Washington Post

“There is no way we can succeed in this new era if we’re not reader focused, if we don’t try and maximize the number of readers and make them as happy as they possibly can [be].” That’s how Eugene Robinson characterised his new boss’s vision for future of The Washington Post.

Riptide and The New Front Page

Billed as an “oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology”, the Riptide project is a sprawling exploration of the challenges facing the media industry today. With over 60 interviews from some of the most recognizable faces in business, technology and journalism it not only tracks the genesis of the issues facing traditional media today but also charts a way forward.

WaPo v BuzzFeed and the new boys on the bus

This week in media news: new directions at BuzzFeed and the Washington Post, and did Twitter kill the boys on the bus?

It was a big day in the offices of the Washington Post this week as incoming owner Jeff Bezos toured the newsroom on Tuesday and Wednesday. After declining to weigh-in on an afternoon editorial meeting (probably followed by a sigh of relief by staff), he discussed his vision for the news organisation in a town-hall style meeting. By most accounts, it was a case of back to the future.

PressThink turns ten

Ten years on, PKF speaker and professor of journalism at NYU Jay Rosen's blog PressThink remains a  must-read for anyone interested in the past, present and future of the press. With classes resuming in the US, we look at some of Rosen's best summer writing.

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PKF goes online and on air
posted by Max Halden, 8 Nov 2013

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. 

Are we really informed?
posted by Max Halden, 24 Oct 2013

Should we be optimistic about the future of quality journalism or have we seen the last gasp of investigative reporting? Are shortening attention spans threatening an informed public or do new formats offer an exciting opportunity for democracy? The special Public Knowledge Forum edition of American Review, out this week, faces these questions head on.

PunditFact and a battle of the billionaires
posted by Max Halden, 18 Oct 2013

It’s been a big few weeks for old and new media. Here’s some of the best stuff we’ve come across over the past fortnight, including the new PolitiFact website promising to hold pundits accountable, the Guardian defending it's integrity and a journalism project funded by the founder of eBay.

A view from inside the Washington Post
posted by Max Halden, 20 Sep 2013

“There is no way we can succeed in this new era if we’re not reader focused, if we don’t try and maximize the number of readers and make them as happy as they possibly can [be].” That’s how Eugene Robinson characterised his new boss’s vision for future of The Washington Post.

Riptide and The New Front Page
posted by Max Halden, 13 Sep 2013

Billed as an “oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology”, the Riptide project is a sprawling exploration of the challenges facing the media industry today. With over 60 interviews from some of the most recognizable faces in business, technology and journalism it not only tracks the genesis of the issues facing traditional media today but also charts a way forward.

WaPo v BuzzFeed and the new boys on the bus
posted by Max Halden, 6 Sep 2013

This week in media news: new directions at BuzzFeed and the Washington Post, and did Twitter kill the boys on the bus?

It was a big day in the offices of the Washington Post this week as incoming owner Jeff Bezos toured the newsroom on Tuesday and Wednesday. After declining to weigh-in on an afternoon editorial meeting (probably followed by a sigh of relief by staff), he discussed his vision for the news organisation in a town-hall style meeting. By most accounts, it was a case of back to the future.

PressThink turns ten
posted by Max Halden, 4 Sep 2013

Ten years on, PKF speaker and professor of journalism at NYU Jay Rosen's blog PressThink remains a  must-read for anyone interested in the past, present and future of the press. With classes resuming in the US, we look at some of Rosen's best summer writing.

Press freedoms and changing Times
posted by Max Halden, 26 Aug 2013

The sentencing of Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison has re-ignited debate in media circles on the case’s implications for press freedom and the future of investigative reporting. Is the 'Fifth Estate' a step forward or a dangerous diversion?

Al Jazeera America launches
posted by Max Halden, 21 Aug 2013

It's alive! At 3PM ET on Tuesday, Al Jazeera America debuted on the airwaves, broadcasting its first original content to over 45m homes across the States. 

Could Al Jazeera be the hard-hitting, accuracy-driven saviour of the maligned world of 24-hour cable news, or is it simply another entrant into an already oversaturated news market?

Please join us, to invent the next age of media
posted by Susan Beale, 8 Aug 2013

This November in Sydney, the next revolution in international media will begin. At least that is our hope – and vision, in laying the foundations for a long-term, international network of media, civic, and technology-industry leaders committed to modernising media so as to reflect the modern realities of politics, the press, information flow, and public and private decision-making.