The news source dilemma

Written by Stewart Pimbley|18th November 2019


The juxtaposition of two stories online today about the future of the media and how we get our news is quite interesting. First the children’s TV news show, Newsround, is cutting its afternoon broadcast. The reason given is the show is now being watched more online by children. At the same time the head of

The juxtaposition of two stories online today about the future of the media and how we get our news is quite interesting.

First the children’s TV news show, Newsround, is cutting its afternoon broadcast. The reason given is the show is now being watched more online by children.

At the same time the head of Newsquest has appealed to the government for ‘proper help now’ for local journalism. He says the government is dragging its feet on creating a fund to sustain public interest journalism at a local level.

All poses a number of questions: The future generations will only access their news online as they have done so from such an early age. However, the news needs to be fed by the likes of reliable local news reporters, but they may very well not be around for much longer if newspapers don’t survive.  So what is the long term solution – a state-backed local news service? and there is a whole set of the questions.

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