Media report – keeping a track?

The Finkelstein report that was released in March, is worth reading about.. a central recommendation for a new government funded regulatory body to sit in judgement of news reporting.

The report aroused controversy.  According to Cameron Stewart, Associate Editor of the Australian, the report garnered enthusiastic support from journalist academics, and fierce opposition from the newspapers (with Fairfax and News Limited batting on the same side).

“John Henningham, a former newspaper and broadcast journalist who founded Brisbane’s Jschool of journalism, says a growing number of Australia’s media academics appear to be turning against the industry they once sought to nurture.  He says this partially reflects a political drift within journalism schools from “Centre Right to Centre Left” during the past decade, leading to more strident criticism of “big media” and in particular the country’s largest media player, News Limited. This criticism has intensified in the wake of Britain’s phone hacking and bribery scandals.”

Opposing quotes were from Wendy Bacon, now a Professor, “Concentration of media power is itself a threat to free speech”,  and Michael Gawenda “There is a tension between former journalists and media academics”

Some of the interesting letters in response to the article are here.

Letter correspondent Peter Kelly wrote “IN his excellent article, Cameron Stewart quotes his editor-in-chief, Chris Mitchell: “The media studies academic class is far removed from the concerns of viewers and readers and is engaged in a sociological project to change the world in its image. That is, to infect the people with progressive Left ideology . . . The media studies class is so infected with postmodernism, facts no longer matter to it.”

Wendy Bacon responded to comments about her here.

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