Sunday, November 1, 2009

Turkey and the future of Journalism

Asked what will save journalism, there is not one clear answer…there are four!
Of the four buttresses in journalism on the Internet, there are two as old as the hills; Journalism will be close (local) and done by research (investigation). Althought the latter we miss in Turkey.
The other two pillars are the inescapable consequences of networking. Because more than ever brings the Internet news in a different way together (aggregation) and will have created the need for reliable sources, call it 'Reputation'. How reliable is what you read. I'm afraid that the Turkish blogs I know provide solely the same rhetoric as we see in their newspapers, which lacks creativity and originality!

These four corners of the journalistic model of the 21st century - above mentioned, for less I do not - are together in the acronym LIAR. This is a nice, ironic twist of fate for a field where finding and reporting the truth are seen the highest goal. Again not in Turkey with it populistic news approach. So we are looking to local blogs, to stay close at home, safe and well...

The reasoning behind LIAR is nonetheless serious. Now traditional news organizations are increasingly in trouble; even in America, newspapers disappear, news shows lose viewers and editors of major newspapers as the LA Times and The New York Times and hundreds of reporters on the street, diving everywhere small local journalism initiatives. Most are local, aimed at their own small community.

More global

This is no coincidence. New generations of new consumers are less concerned with the institutions that conquered their position in the second half of the last century. They have less to do with what we call civil society, with national politicians, trade unions, organizations that already draining the land, and control glands. But they are not unrealistic. Their only interest seems more global. The world is their world, they hop as easily as to Africa to Amsterdam, The World is Flat, Right.

Google - but eBay, Face book, Twitter and Slashdot, to name a few - makes clear that the problems the network society has caused, or exacerbated, can be solved by the networks themselves which are now under threat. As the quality of your information - at least in part - can be determined with an algorithm (Google Page rank), so you can model, a rule, a mathematical formula to devise a reputation which confidence can be derived. And most blogs don’t produce that.

Journalism started locally and together with real research will find the floor again, slowly getting used to other, more interactive forms of aggregation of news. And will, I hope, to discover that she has a lot to gain if it develops similar systems for its own reputation in a positive light, to confirm and entrench in society.
Of course I speak for countries which embrace Freedom of Speech fully!
Free translated/inspired from:
source: Mediablog.nl (Dutch)

2 comments:

AkiVee said...

Let me repeat here what I sent some time ago with slight modifications...

Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans Frotieres) has just published the "Press Freedom Index 2009". The list can be found over here:

http://www.rsf.org/en-classement1003-2009.html

The Scandinavian countries are naturally in the lead (their score zero means that there have been no single event of restricting the freedom of press), but the top ten already has surprises. Lithunia and Estonia are there! Estonia even on 6th place - just ahead of Netherlands.

Further, due to Obama's policies USA is now on the 20th place (last year 40th), but what is astonishing is that France - the mother of liberation - is on the place 43 and Italy on the place 49. Countries of higher level of press freedom compared to these 2 large economically and culturally important European countries include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Namibia, Uruguay, Ghana, Surinam, Jamaica and Costa Rica:-) Something to think about?

Well, Turkey is on the place 122 and besides below the above-mentioned, also below countries such as Armenia, Moldova, Nepal, Kongo, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Kenya, El Salvador and so on...

However, while Turkey's position is really at the low bottom, I would emphasize the negative developments in Europe, especially with the cases of France and Italy, where the low rankings are due to THREATS, PHYSICAL ASSAULTS, STATE POLICIES against the journalists during the last year. There are signs about trials to "silence" the journalists in those two countries. This, to me, is very alarming!

Internation Musing said...

@Aki, I agree but this posting was more about the battle between Internet and hard copy press.)!
Yesi alarming what happens in Italy and France...and Turkey...I gave it up some time ago.)!