Journalism vs Churnalism: The push for “quality marks” in online news – Zoe McCallum

26 02 2019

Within a week of one another came two reports on the future of journalism in an age of big tech: The Cairncross Review (on 12 Feb) and The Commons DCMS Committee Final Report into Fake News and Disinformation (14 Feb – but with its excoriating criticism of Facebook, anything but a Valentine to Mark Zuckerberg). Read the rest of this entry »





Cairncross review: two cheers and two fears for the future of UK journalism – Steven Barnett

15 02 2019

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When the then culture secretary, Matt Hancock, first announced a government review of the future of “high-quality” journalism, there was widespread scepticism about his motives. Having just surrendered to a powerful press lobby in abandoning the Leveson recommendations on self-regulation, was this government making an honest attempt to resolve the growing and serious problem of journalism’s broken business model? Read the rest of this entry »







Is high quality journalism sustainable? Transparency Project evidence to the Cairncross Review

26 09 2018

The Cairncross review was set up by the government in March 2018 to investigate “how to sustain the production and distribution of high-quality journalism in a changing market”. Read the rest of this entry »





What ‘High Quality Journalism’? A Response to the Cairncross Review’s Call for Evidence – Julian Petley

21 09 2018

The Cairncross Review Call for Evidence [pdf] states that the ‘review’s objective is to establish how far and by what means we can secure a sustainable future for high quality journalism, particularly for news’, asks respondents whether ‘the future of high-quality journalism in the UK is at risk – at national, regional and/or local levels’, and argues that ‘high quality journalism plays a critical role in our democratic system, in particular through holding power to account, and its independence must be safeguarded’. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition Submission to Cairncross Review

6 09 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport established the Cairncross Review to examinine the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK. The Review is particularly concerned with the Press and says that it will give equal weight to the needs of consumers and industry.  Read the rest of this entry »