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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: 4, Informative) by nobbis on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:55PM

    by nobbis (62) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:55PM (#1625) Homepage Journal
    Can I recommend Flat Earth News [] which looks at the effect that the Internet and the move to 24hr news reporting has had on traditional media. The pressure to get stories out quickly, coupled with the reduction in journalist numbers has led to a drop in quality of stories, editorial control and verification of sources, and increasingly PR companies are setting the news agenda.
    Given that power has become concentrated in fewer media companies in the last few decades I would welcome more independent journalism, but I don't see the business model for this, in London free newspapers abound but are dependent on advertising to churn out their pap.
    I would be interested to know if people who have moved from say reading a newspaper to reading blogs, have encountered a wider range of opinions, I suspect not, people tend to read news that agrees with their world view, it is difficult to do otherwise.
    It's easy to look up when your mind's in the gutter
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