Session four: Engaged audiences

What affects have the use of social media platforms had on journalism? Does having direct and active relationships with the 'audience' change the way stories are chosen and told? Does this engagement represent a welcome corrective to the imperfect closeted journalism of the past or is it a threat to the quality of public knowledge and political participation? What are the implications of the rise of social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, as popular vehicles for sharing and distributing news?

Hal Crawford, editor in chief of ninemsn
Nicole Hemmer, American media and politics scholar
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution and The Atlantic
with Julia Baird, New York Times columnist and host of The Drum on ABC TV