Professional journalism is in crisis, and the Internet is to blame. That’s pretty much the accepted view of American media pundits. Is it the case? A new book out from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford offers hope that the end is not so near as many may think.
“There is not one crisis, but many different things that are going on in different journalism industries in different countries,” says Dr. David Levy, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and Co-Editor with Rasmus Kleis Nielson of “The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy.”
A former BBC journalist, David Levy spoke with CCC’s Chris Kenneally from his Oxford University office. Dr. Levy warned of the danger in assuming that the national experience in the US mirrors the global experience.
“There is indeed a crisis in some countries, but there are also some countries, particularly emerging economies, where there is no crisis,” he explains. “And finally, in many of the developed and established countries with established news industries, some of the problems they’re facing are very different, depending from country to country.”