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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RobotMonster on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:21PM

    by RobotMonster (130) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:21PM (#1577) Journal

    In Australia "big media" has been in a steep decline; the traditional print empires are losing money hand-over-fist, despite their attempts to move online. Their traditional advertising revenue has been gutted, and their internet advertising is pale in comparison. One of the large media empires (I forget which), suffered a $100 million reduction in print advertising revenue last year, while only making around $5 million via online advertising.

    This has resulted in mass staff reductions at all the traditional serious newspapers where paid journalism used to happen; now many of their "journalists" are essentially working-from-home for peanuts, just grabbing stuff off the internet; a bunch of this is even being done from New Zealand, where they can get away with paying people even less...

    The business model that used to pay for quality journalism is failing badly, at least in Australia.

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  • (Score: 1) by monster on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:47PM

    by monster (1260) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @04:47PM (#1696) Journal

    It doesn't have to be that way. Many times, the "big media" execs are just funneling the cash reserves of the company to other ventures, so when they take a hit in viewership or income, they are too depleted to survive and laments of "Internet is killing journalism!" follow, but are not deserved. Any healthy company can be brought to the ground by bad management, even without market forces against it.