Will good journalism be the first casualty of the digital revolution? Sixth and final part

There is an argument to suggest the increase of free news is lowering the standards of journalism because they increase the availability of lightweight, celebrity-focused free papers such as London Lite or online news gatherers.

From a business point of view, with more people reading lightweight news, less are likely to pay for better quality journalism. The fact circulation figures are dropping supports this argument.

In spite of that, the internet is a tool which can enrich journalism. Yes, the media is downsizing in some areas, but it is investing in online journalism.  Recently, the Telegraph Media Group recruited former Sunday Times news editor turned internet entrepreneur Greg Hadfield as its head of digital development.

So is good journalism going to be the first casualty of the digital revolution? The internet offers a whole host of new challenges to journalists, but it also offers new opportunities.

There will always be a need for quality journalism from trustworthy sources and there will always be high calibre journalists willing to write good stories, whether they profit financially or not.


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