From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00121

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Geoffrey Sherrington
Outside the United States
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
On the basis that America sneezes and Australia catches cold, might this foreigner please submit two points which are the most important ones I sense you have missed. 1. Balance. Who pays the piper calls the tune. News media often emphasise the ruling political party. They should report neutrally, without fear or favour. In a manner similar to contributions to Parties before an election, should there not be a fund from which reporters draw money by proportional allocation to ensure balance? The most troublesome present example is the news takeover of the Global Warming fiasco, where mature, expert scientists are often muzzled when they have critical points to make. 2. Photography. Although I have used digital data streams to create images from the Landsat satellite days of the 1970s, I have not fudged any photography without a concise description of the changes I have made. In the last decade, we have seen fudged photos on media like "Time" and "Science" with nil or trivial mention that they represent enhancements of the true scene. I am a memebr of the Plagiarism Committee of the Australian Photographic Society and I have to deal with expulsion of photographers who manipulate deceptively. There is much room to create and enforce statements to accompany enhanced images. Those who cheat are sometimes unaware of the power of forensic investigation to out them. Thanks for listening. Geoff Sherrington Scientist.