Session two: News media as watchdog


How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? Do newspapers and other traditional media organisations still play a dominant role in setting the public agenda? Are new media organisations, individual journalists, or other institutions (such as universities) capable of filling gaps created by resource cuts in traditional media organisations? Are some important subjects or communities affected by this deficit more than others? What is the appropriate role of citizens in the watchdog process? What are the implications for journalism of the current national security climate?

Melissa Chan, correspondent for Al Jazeera
Mary Kissel, member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board
Eugene Robinson, columnist at the Washington Post
with Helen Dalley, Sky News host