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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: 2, Interesting) by Maddog on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:23PM

    by Maddog (690) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:23PM (#1611)
    Even with the internet, I believe there is still a need for an 'outlet' for the independent journalist in order to reach mass audiences. Current methods rely on significant word-of-mouth to spread which forces the journalist to not only spend time creating content but also 'selling' to get more readers. The guy standing on the street corner pushing his "extra, extra, read all about it!" can only get so far...

    I look forward to more Independent online aggregate news services or sites like this where these journalists can get heard.

    Which takes the question one step further, what is the best approach to reach the masses?

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