Session five: News as serious business


Is the 'market' for news being set by audiences' tastes and expectations or the incentives and preferences of media organisations and journalists? Is it a cause for concern that 'worthy' news might attract small audiences or has it always been that way? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations? Many consumers of news are overloaded with information, but do they know less than ever about current events?

Jay Newton-Small, correspondent for Time
Robert Schlesinger, opinion editor at US News & Word Report
Kate Torney, director of news at the ABC
with John Barron, ABC host and journalist