Session one: The nature of journalism

Have internet-enabled platforms for journalism amplified existing characteristics of the news media, such as partisanship and commercial pressures, rather than creating new challenges? Was journalism ever ‘objective’ and does it need to be in order to perform a useful function in society? What are the implications for citizens of a partisan or ideologically driven media? What does a ‘post truth’ environment mean for journalism and the political debate? Has public confidence in the rigour and usefulness of the news media declined in a permanently damaging way?

Jonathan Holmes, former MediaWatch presenter
Walter Russell Mead, editor-at-large of The American Interest
Jay Rosen, New York University professor
with Leigh Sales, ABC 730 host